Shakespeare Deniers, Literary War, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 7.24.13

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:

Internet juggernaut BuzzFeed has launched a books section.

James Lasdun recounts how he unknowingly rejected a Doris Lessing manuscript. (New Yorker)

Jason Diamond predicts the outcome of a literary war between California and New York: “Within 24 hours, Shteyngart is exiled to New Jersey, and ends up writing a humorous novel about a Russian-Jewish immigrant who is forced to live in a place he doesn’t want to be and how he adapts to it.” (Flavorwire)

In Hollywood news, a new film by Liza Johnson, Hateship Loveship, starring Kristen Wiig and Guy Pearce, is based on the title story from Alice Munro’s 2001 collection Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage. (Tiff)

Meanwhile, June Thomas explains how the new Netflix series Orange is the New Black improves on the Piper Kerman memoir. (Slate)

On his blog, Chuck Palahniuk announced he will publish a graphic novel sequel to his bestselling Fight Club.

David Womersley looks at an argument that won’t go away—the Shakespeare deniers. (Standpoint)

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