The Millions rounds up the best literary tweets on Twitter; Flavorwire showcases twelve author selfies; Dana Stevens and Francine Prose discuss how a story’s classic marriage plot holds up; and other news.
The Poetry Off the Shelf podcast includes a discussion of Apple’s new iPad commercial, which features the poetry of Walt Whitman; Seattle’s city council voted yesterday in support of an UNESCO City of Literature; Peter Schjeldahl talks about the enigmatic William S. Burroughs; and other news.
Nova Ren Suma offers techniques to stave off self-doubt; the Strand Book Store broke its all-time sales record this Christmas; the Guardian charts the United Kingdom’s top-selling books of 2013; and other news.
MacKenzie Bezos—wife of Amazon’s Jeff Bezos—posted a one-star review of Brad Stone’s The Everything Store; Mariel Hemingway revealed that her family didn’t speak of her grandfather Ernest’s suicide; Dr. George Walkden argues that the opening of Beowulf has been misconstrued for hundreds of years; and other news.
A new study suggests back-lit tablet devices may be the best choice for readers with macular degeneration; ten rewards and risks to consider before self-publishing; Jason Pontin explores how "authoring tools can suggest novel styles of writing"; and other news.
Indigo intends to create shops inside forty Apple stores; GalleyCat gathered several free templates that work with Scrivener; Elizabeth Sullivan explores the connections between poetry and therapy; and other news.
For Father's Day, Terrance Hayes responds to the work of Robert Hayden; bookstore sales dropped 5 percent in April; Flavorwire looks at the book paintings of Ekaterina Panikanova; and other news.
Penguin Group has settled with the Department of Justice over the e-book pricing lawsuit; Roxane Gay reminds us there are writers who live places other than New York City; the Los Angeles Times has a reading list for the Maya apocalypse; and other news.
Jennifer Egan, who won a Pulitzer Prize for her last novel, A Visit From the Goon Squad, has left Knopf, and joined Scribner, which reportedly offered Egan seven figures for her next two books; Patti Smith intends to write a sequel to Just Kids; Elissa Schappell lists her favorite books of 2012; and other news.
Ayana Mathis tells Salon what it was like to receive a career-changing phone call from Oprah Winfrey; critic Dwight Garner tours literary Manhattan; Graywolf Press will publish the first full-length poetry collection by actor James Franco; and other news.