The poet Galway Kinnell died on Tuesday in Vermont. He was eighty-seven. Poetry, Kinnell said, “is somebody standing up, so to speak, and saying, with as little concealment as possible, what it is for him or her to be on earth at this moment.” Read some of his poems at the Poetry Foundation.
Knopf has signed a two-book, six-figure deal with Stephanie Danler, a thirty-year-old writer who managed to attract attention to the manuscript of her debut novel, Sweetbitter, by mentioning it to Peter Gethers—the editor-at-large of Penguin Random House who is a regular at the West Village restaurant where Danler works as a waitress (presumably not for long).
George W. Bush will soon begin promoting 41, the book he’s written about his father, George H. W. Bush. Both CBS and NBC have interviews scheduled.
“In order to be tragic, Humbert needs to convince us that he is a character of stature, not just a sordid abuser who takes a young girl on a sex tour of seedy American motels.” Guardian books editor Claire Armistead argues that Lolita’s Humbert Humbert is the “most seductive villain in fiction.” Yesterday The Guardian launched a redesign of its US website (which, for what its worth, subtly color-codes according to type of story: Features are dark pink, opinion is orange, video is yellow).
Kathryn Schulz at New York magazine has compiled “Your Complete Ebola-Quarantine Reading Guide.”
Two more bookstores in New York City are closing: the Posman Books in Grand Central Station and a Barnes & Noble in Queens.