• May 19, 2015

    Finalist Maryse Condé

    Finalist Maryse Condé

    After much anticipation, the winner of the Man Booker International Prize will be announced today.

    The New Yorker publishes a letter from Norway: Karl Ove Knausgaard on Anders Behring Breivik.

    AWP has removed Vanessa Place from its 2016 Los Angeles subcommittee in response to outrage over her use of text from Gone With the Wind and a picture of Hattie McDaniel as Mammy on Twitter (this is apparently part of a long-term project for Place). Coming just months after Ken Goldsmith’s “The Body of Michael Brown”, which reappropriated parts of Brown’s autopsy report, drew similar accusations of racism, Place’s latest work has prompted some to call the entire approach of this kind of conceptual poetry into question.

    Speaking of troubled lit scenes, Gawker announces the return of Tao Lin. He has a new story out this week and will publish Selected Tweets with Mira Gonzalez next month.

    Publishing pundits feel mixed as Selfish, Kim Kardashian’s book of selfies, makes a break for best-sellerdom.

    In the New York Times, Margaret Sullivan asks how close a book reviewer should ever be to his or her subject. It’s a good question: Should you review a book you’ve blurbed? What about one by a friend, a disappointing lunch companion, or even an ex-husband?

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