At the New Republic, Christopher Ketcham has written a long article about the accusation that Pulitzer-prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges is a plagiarist.
The lineup for the 2014 Brooklyn Book Festival have been announced with usual borough suspects such as Paul Auster and Colson Whitehead being joined by more than 100 other writers, including Edmund White, A. M. Homes, Philippe Petit, and Rebecca Mead. The festival’s main events will be held on September 21st, with other readings, talks, and panels running from the 15th through the 22nd.
Harvard University has announced that Jill Abramson will teach narrative nonfiction courses at the college this fall.
Charles Wright, who has won the Pulitzer prize and the National Book Award, has been named the new Poet Laureate. Says James Billington, the librarian of Congress: Wright’s “combination of literary elegance and genuine humility—it’s just the rare alchemy of a great poet.”
At the Paris Review, Nicole Rudick considers Frank O’Hara’s Lunch Poems on the occasion of its fiftieth anniversary and looks at a cache of letters between O’Hara and his publisher at City Lights, Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
Veteran culture editor Craig Marks, the coauthor of I Want My MTV, has been named the new editor in chief of Spin magazine. Craigs was the executive editor of Spin in the 1990s, but the magazine he is returning to looks quite different from the one he left. For one thing, it became digital-only in 2012. “My goal is to grow the digital audience and engage young people and others with a brand that is still considered a gold standard in music journalism,” Marks tells Ad Age.
Kickstarter has added two new categories to their crowdfunding platform: “Crafts” and . . . “Journalism.” The Guardian has signed on to “curate” a page highlighting the best projects.