Robert Galbraith—author of the crime novel The Cuckoo’s Calling—is a pseudonym for J. K. Rowling; Brad Leithauser details the advantages of reading a poem backward; Nicholas Rombes revisits Shirley Jackson’s 1951 novel Hangsaman; and other news.
Boris Kachka weighs in on the Penguin Random House merger; Shelf Awareness has an update in reclusive author Harper Lee's lawsuit against her former agent; Brain Pickings features a rare BBC recording of Sylvia Plath; and other news.
Zeljka Marosevic details what it was like to work for Victoria Barnsley, who announced yesterday she is leaving HarperCollins; Amit Majmudar describes how he reads the work of Byron in his dreams; Slate features a coded World War I postcard written by poet Wilfred Owen; and other news.
Amazon workers in Germany have called a strike; Flavorwire gathered the handwritten outlines from several major authors; Sara Vilkomerson examines Judy Blume's relationship with Hollywood; and other news.
The New York Times interviews Jason Merkoski, the leader of the team who built Amazon's first Kindle; Chilean authorities have exhumed Pablo Neruda to test his remains for poison; Anne Margaret Daniel details how F. Scott Fitzgerald reacted to the first film version of The Great Gatsby; and other news.
Poet Richard Blanco will read an original composition for president Barack Obama’s second inauguration; novelist Hari Kunzru reports on the political climate in Hungary, and how it's shaping Hungary's cultural institutions; Patricia Cornwell is suing her former financial manager for upwards of one hundred million dollars; and other news.
Ending a seven-year legal stand-off, Google and the Association of American Publishers have settled their differences over Google's digitization of copyrighted books and journals.
Public allegations of plagiarism are leveled at unsuspecting authors at least once a year, but their frequency doesn't diminish the calamitous results: bruised reputations, soured accusers, disenchanted readers, and riled media. This spectacle isn't, however, an invention of our media-saturated age. Public fascination with plagiarism is as old as our appetite for scandal.
In the first major overseas legal challenge to its massive book-scanning project, Google’s French division was hit last week with a copyright infringement lawsuit. Publishing group La Martinière, backed by the editors association Syndicat national de l’édition (SNE) and the writers union Société des gens de lettres (SGDL), is asking a Paris court to force the Internet giant to halt its digitization of protected works and to levy a fine of eighteen million euros (about $26 million) as well as a per diem fine of one hundred thousand euros ($146,000).