VIDA's 2011 Count, Alexander Chee's iPad, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 2.29.12

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:

Statistics for 2011 have been compiled and released by VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, an organization that counts "the rates of publication between women and men in many of our writing world's most prestigious literary outlets." (Think Progress)

With decades of notes, letters, and marginalia to consider, the Paris Review Daily looks at the twenty-five year friendship between Vladimir Nabokov and Edmund Wilson and their falling out over Wilson's harsh review of Nabokov's translation of Pushkin's Eugene Onegin.

For the Guardian, Anthony Horowitz asks: "Do we still need publishers?"

A former CEO of Borders UK visits the United States and writes of what New York City's bookstores offer that stores in London lack. (Publishing Perspectives)

Novelist Kristopher Jansma shares his experience of using an e-reader for the first time, and the literary community he discovered. (Electric Literature)

Artist Ishac Bertran has created a project, Code Poems, inviting people to submit poetry composed in any coding language, which will then be considered for publication in a collection. (Wired)

Novelist Alexander Chee reveals the contents of his iPad. (Chimerist)

Filmmaker Scott Teems remembers his friend and collaborator, the novelist William Gay. (Paste)

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