The lawyer who outed J.K. Rowling as the author of detective novel published under a pseudonym last year has been fined in the UK for breaking client confidentiality rules. Rowling wrote The Cuckooâ€™s Calling under the name Robert Galbraith in April 2013. The lawyer, Chris Gossage, told his wife, who told a friend, who in turn told a newspaper columnist.
The villa in Egyptâ€™s second largest city, where Lawrence Durrell lived and was inspired to write â€śThe Alexandria Quartet,â€ť is slated for demolition, reports The Guardian. â€śIf bulldozed, Durrell’s crumbling former home would become the 36th listed building from Alexandria’s fin-de-siĂ¨cle heyday to be demolished in five years,â€ť writes Patrick Kingsley. â€śBut the businessman who owns it says it may soon make way for a high-rise apartment block.â€ť
David Simonâ€”creator of The Wire, author of Homicide: A Year of Killing on the Streets, and former Baltimore Sun reporterâ€”has reportedly finished a draft of a musical about the Pogues.
Edwidge Danticat delves into the form and power of the short story, in an interview with the Rumpus: â€śThe short story is like an exquisite painting,â€ť she says, â€śand you might, when looking at this painting, be wondering what came before or after, but you are fully absorbed in what youâ€™re seeing. Your gaze is fixed, and you are fully engaged.â€ť
How was your Public Domain Day doesnâ€™t exactly roll off the tongue as nicely as Happy New Yearâ€™s, but if you live in the US and desire the end of copyright restrictions, it was bad. Virtually no published works entered the public domain on January 1, 2014, due to the extension of copyright laws. What could have been, under an older body of laws from the 1970s? Samuel Beckettâ€™s Endgame, Jack Kerouacâ€™s On the Road, Dr. Seussâ€™s How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Ian Flemingâ€™s From Russia With Love.