Raymond Carver's Edited Online Dating Profile, George Eliot's Desk Stolen, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 11.16.12

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:

Barnes & Noble will shutter Fictionwise.com and its affiliated e-book sites on December 4. The company cites the ubiquity of its EPub format and a sharp decline in other e-book formats as cause. (Publishers Weekly)

Thieves took a portable writing desk used by Middlemarch author George Eliot from the Nuneaton Museum in Warwickshire, England. (New York Daily News)

Joe Wright, the director of the new adaptation of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, keeps lines from Samuel Beckett's novella Worstward Ho above his desk: "Try again. Fail Again. Fail better." Wright told Fast Company, “Without failure there’s no innovation. You do have to be fearless. You have to accept you might land flat on your ass but it’s worth it."

A marathon reading celebrating the work of groundbreaking poets Audre Lorde and Adrienne Rich is taking place tomorrow in New York City.

Dwell created a map of independent bookstores across America.

Stephen Akey recounts witnessing Jorge Luis Borges lecture to a full house at New York University in 1982, and revisits Borges's poetry. (Open City Monthly)

A Boston man found twenty thousand dollars in a second-hand book. (Guardian)

Gordon Lish, Raymond Carver's famed editor, has somehow taken his red pen to Carver's online dating profile (not really). (McSweeney's)

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