Amazon’s Jeff Bezos revealed a delivery system in the works called Prime Air, in which drones deliver goods; Kat Stoeffel speaks with poet and Antarctic artist-in-residence Jynne Dilling Martin; Jason Diamond rounds up the best books this year to give as gifts; and other news.
A galley copy of Ian Hamilton’s unpublished biography of J. D. Salinger is up for auction; Tim Ferriss announced he is launching an audiobook publisher; the Independent recalls the life and work of celebrated poet Dylan Thomas; and other news.
With an increasing number of self-publishing platforms available online, it can be difficult to decide which one is right for you. This roundup of available services will help make sense of the options.
Tolstoy’s great-great-granddaughter crowdsources editors; author Melissa Febos on living in and leaving New York City; writer Charles Stross lambasts Microsoft Word; and other news.
Neil Gaiman’s novel Neverwhere was banned from a school library in Alamogordo, New Mexico; the New Yorker gathered several writers and asked for their thoughts on Alice Munro; Maria Bustillos considers the great James Thurber’s role in the genesis of creative nonfiction; and other news.
David Rosenbaum named new head the University of Missouri Press; Apple is developing a technology for embedding signatures in e-books; Justin St. Clair considers the postmodern legacy of Thomas Pynchon; and other news.
Noah Berlatsky on the use and uselessness of poetry; the original manuscript of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s This Side of Paradise has been made publicly available online; Diane Mehta considers the work of French avant-garde poet Pierre Reverdy; and other news.
Tech start-up Oyster has launched a Netflix-like service for books; Jennifer Vanderbes argues the evolutionary merits of narrative storytelling; Rachel Weisz will create a screen adaptation of Jennifer Gilmore’s The Mothers; and other news.
Amazon’s latest Kindle Paperwhite includes an integrated version of Goodreads; Eric Van Hoose makes a case that writers should play video games; Susan Stamberg reports on F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald’s time spent in the resort town of Asheville, North Carolina; and other news.
Paul Muldoon’s eulogy for the late Seamus Heaney; Charles Bukowski’s 1968 FBI surveilance file; tips on interacting with magazine editors; and other news.