Wired considers the implications of the reported cloud services deal between Amazon and the CIA; Vivian Gornick discusses the life and work of Mary McCarthy; a new project from Eliza Griswold and photographer Seamus Murphy documents the oral folk poems of the Afghan people; and other news.
New York City's Word Up Community Bookshop has signed a new lease; a couple was discovered this past weekend allegedly breaking into the Emily Dickinson Museum; Seth Fried highlights some recent communications from a poet we know on Facebook; and other news.
San Francisco poet Beau Beausoleil starts a book art project in honor of Baghdad's literary community affected by a 2007 car bombing.
Contributing editor Stephen Morison Jr. reports on the literary community in Cairo, Egypt, interviewing authors, publishers, and booksellers about the ongoing protests, freedom of speech, and the future of Egypt.
British bridal-gown designer Jennifer Pritchard Couchman created a dress made entirely out of book pages, which premiered at a literary festival in Lancaster, England, this past October.
Amazon fired the security company accused of mistreating foreign-born temp workers; a federal jury awarded Patricia Cornwell over fifty million dollars in damages; a major theme of this year's PEN World Voices Festival is bravery; and other news.
Jeffrey Eugenides shared career advice in a speech to ten young writers; Mashable lists five new companies aiming to improve the experience of reading e-books; novelist Dennis Lehane has promised to include the person who returns his missing beagle in his next book.
Amazon has launched a Kindle store in China; a discovery of a manuscript in Denmark's national archives may be a forgotten story by Hans Christian Andersen; the New York Times has created an e-book publishing program; and other news.
The Guardian attended a writing workshop to help authors pen more compelling sex scenes; the Charles Dickens Museum has reopened after a complete restoration; the Brooklyn Rail takes a close look at the low-residency MFA program at Bard College; and other news.
The U.S. government claims Apple is trying to rush the antitrust lawsuit filed against it, Poetry Parnassus plans to drop 100,000 poems from a helicopter over London, only 12 percent of e-book readers borrowed digital books from libraries last year, and more.