Poet Charles Simic weighs in on the current state of American society; 2paragraphs speaks with Poetry magazine editor Don Share; Randy Susan Meyers examines the usefullness of an outline; and other news.
An exhibition of poet John Ashbery’s possessions is on display in New York City; Eric Pomerance and Laurie Gwen Shapiro visit with impersonators who spend days as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Louisa May Alcott; Thomas Frank casts a gimlet eye on the rise of the creativity expert; and other news.
Amazon intends to open at least three warehouses in western Poland; Ron Charles has the skinny on last night’s PEN/Faulkner gala; reading Dave Eggers’s new novel The Circle inspired Michele Filgate to give up social media; and other news.
Barnes & Noble’s retail CEO Mitchell Klipper sold five million dollars of his personal stock in the company; a Charles Bukowski archive is now available online; publishing veteran Jenny Bent offers advice on interacting with literary agents; and other news.
Jessica Grose gathered five writing tips from Carl Hiaasen; Jason Diamond considers the strange afterlife of Zelda Fitzgerald; the Faulkner estate lost its lawsuit against the makers of the Woody Allen film Midnight in Paris; and other news.
A never-before-seen Joseph Heller story will appear this week in the Strand; Taffy Brodesser-Akner gleans what can be learned about the creative process when writers are forced to produce; Biographile explains why the world needs a definitive biography of Joan Didion; and other news.
Ted Gioia examines the state of the fragmented novel; IndieReader lists a few ways self-published authors are ripped off; Reese Witherspoon will star in the film adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s Wild; 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.
Elon Green recounts a historic shakeup at the New Yorker; Jason Diamond lists this year’s ten best books of nonfiction; a map to find your way around writer’s block; and other news.
Shelf Awareness reports Amazon has made Kindle sales pitches to independent bookstores; swimwear maker Orlebar Brown has partnered with the Paris Review; a secret poet is posting positive words all over the town of Lynn, Massachusetts; and other news.