Vice magazine features Yahya Hassan, a teenage Danish Palestinian poet whose first collection is the most popular book of Danish poetry in history; NBC News spotlights the income disparity between adjunct and tenured professors in the United States; BuzzFeed wants to know if you can guess the identity of a classic novel after reading its first sentence; and other news.
Liel Leibovitz reports that Listen Up Philip, a movie that premieres this week at the Sundance Film Festival, has glaring parallels to the work of Philip Roth; musician Trent Reznor is on board to collaborate on the score of David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl; University of Southern California students have launched a letter-writing campaign to save USC’s Master of Professional Writing program; and other news.
Ireland’s Arts Council has launched a search for a laureate to represent Irish fiction; a worker at an Amazon warehouse in New Jersey was killed in an industrial accident; Shia LaBeouf has been accused of plagiarizing a Daniel Clowes graphic novel; and other news.
The United States Supreme Court rejected Amazon’s appeal over sales tax in New York; David Streitfeld considers the future of the e-book; Claire Messud shares with the Millions the books she loved this year; and other news.
Workers in Germany are planning a holiday season strike at Amazon’s fulfillment centers; Julie Bosman reports Thomas Pynchon will not attend the National Book Awards; Thin Reads editor Howard Polskin names the eight most influential players in the world of e-book singles; and other news.
Zola Books will sell exclusive e-book editions of several titles by Joan Didion; Oleg Kashin looks at the disparate careers of poets Yevgeny Yevtushenko and Joseph Brodsky; New Hampshire’s RiverRun Bookstore has opened a new branch in Kittery, Maine; and other news.
Starting tomorrow, Amazon will collect sales tax in Massachusetts and Connecticut; USA Today reveals what can be gleaned from two decades of its best-seller lists; Salon gathered short and scary stories from twelve authors, including Shani Boianjiu and Mat Johnson; and other news.
Luc Sante reflects on the colorful life of iconic musician and poet Lou Reed; author Lionel Shriver discusses the current mode of success for writers; the last poem by Seamus Heaney; and other news.
A new book reports that Amazon’s stance toward small publishers “was called the Gazelle Project after Mr. Bezos said Amazon ‘should approach these small publishers the way a cheetah would pursue a sickly gazelle’”; Hector Tobar looks at how Amazon and other online booksellers are reacting to compaints over pornographic content; Open Culture found an image of Mark Twain with Nikola Tesla; and other news.
Novelist Teju Cole shares his thoughts on death of Ghanaian poet Kofi Awoonor; Jonathan Raban looks at the life and work of William Gaddis; Junot Díaz discusses how Latinos are represented in film and television; and other news.