Easton Ellis on David Foster Wallace Remarks, Writing Habits of Famous Authors, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 5.15.13

Every day Poets & Writers Magazine scans the headlines—from publishing reports to academic announcements to literary dispatches—for all the news that creative writers need to know. Here are today’s stories:

Amazon has purchased screen technology company Liquavista from Samsung, in a move that may indicate Amazon plans to update its color e-reader. (CNET)

Publishers Weekly has posted surveys from the Book Industry Environmental Council, intended for publishers, printers, and manufacturers of paper within the United States book industry.

On Reddit to discuss a planned musical version of American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis answered his disparaging remarks about David Foster Wallace. (GalleyCat)

Bill Morris revisits the life, work, and childhood home of Henry Miller. (Millions)

Open Culture discovered a passive-aggressive note from Ernest Hemingway to F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Balzac went to bed early and rose in the middle of the night to write; Maya Angelou preferred the anonymity of hotel rooms—Huffington Post gathered the writing habits of several famous authors.

Michael Saler examines the philosopical origins of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. (Times Literary Supplement)

Shelf Awareness has news of the ongoing e-book pricing dispute between the Justice Department and Apple.

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Finding Gems in Lost & Found

by Rebecca Bates

News and Trends

Posted 10.15.14

November/December 2014

The Center for Humanities at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City is making the ephemeral more tangible through its Lost & Found chapbook series.


Let's Just Do This: Eleven Small-Press Authors and their Publishing Partners

by Kevin Larimer

Special Section

Posted 10.15.14

November/December 2014

Eleven small-press authors and their publishing partners discuss the independent approach—and all the passion, commitment, and love that comes with it—to bringing books into the world.


Agents & Editors: Jeff Shotts

by Michael Szczerban

Special Section

Posted 10.15.14

November/December 2014

Graywolf Press executive editor Jeff Shotts discusses the power of patience in publishing, editing as an act of empathy, and why it’s an exciting time to be a poet.