Reactions to Philip Roth's Retirement, Biographers Code of Ethics, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 11.12.12

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:

To honor Veterans Day, GalleyCat details how to share books with those active in military service.

Philip Roth informed a French publication he's finished with writing, and the Guardian lists other celebrated literary exits, including Shakespeare's withdrawal to his home at Stratford-upon-Avon in 1611, just after premiering The Tempest.

Meanwhile, Flavorwire rounds up initial reactions by literary figures to Philip Roth's news.

CIA head David Petraeus recently resigned after an FBI investigation discovered an affair with writer Paula Broadwell, and in light of this, Emma Keller asks, "Is there a code of ethics for biographers?" (Guardian)

"Second books are precarious but crucial, both for the poet and for the reader interested in a poet’s oeuvre. They suggest, for one thing, that the poet won't be a one-hit wonder." Lisa Russ Spaar examines sophomore efforts. (Los Angeles Review of Books)

"The pleasure billows off his pages like waves of ­vanilla-scented body lotion from a lap dancer bombed on Ecstasy." Author Walter Kirn reviews Samson Graham-Muñoz's latest, The String Theory Quartet, the much-anticipated follow-up to Dr. Pitcher’s Experimental Mistress. (Spoiler: Satire.) (New York Times)

With the publishing industry seemingly contracting, Scott Timberg argues the federal government should step up its support of the arts. (Salon)

In case you missed novelist Don DeLillo speaking at the Chicago Public Library, WBEZ posted the audio.

Isaiah Sheffer, the Founding Artistic Director of Symphony Space, and host of public radio's Selected Shorts, has passed away at the age of seventy-six.

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