In Difficult Moments People Reach for Poetry, Recording of Flannery O’Connor Essay, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 4.19.13

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:

In light of the interfaith vigil held yesterday for victims of the Marathon bombing, at which religious and civic leaders spoke, including President Obama, the Chicago Tribune writes, “Difficult moments often prompt people to reach for poems or lines of poems.”

Novelist Chuck Palahniuk recently fielded questions on Reddit, and reminded fans that Fight Club was originally a failure. (GalleyCat)

Do you have a preferred writing schedule? Thomas Wolfe, Ann Beattie, Franz Kafka, and Michael Chabon all worked at night. (Slate)

Visiting Istanbul, Casey N. Cep recalls William Wordsworth’s poem, “Resolution and Independence.” (Paris Review Daily)

A lawmaker in West Virginia has proposed a bill to make science fiction compulsory reading in public schools. (Guardian)

Brain Pickings gathered some thoughts on essays by the great E. B. White, who wrote, “Only a person who is congenially self-centered has the effrontery and the stamina to write essays.”

Meanwhile, Open Culture features a recording of Flannery O’Connor reading an early draft of her essay, “Some Aspects of the Grotesque in Southern Fiction.

Recent Pulitzer winner Sharon Olds composed a poem after a Vogue photo shoot.

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