Here’s a tidbit of literary trivia from Salman Rushdie’s forthcoming memoir: After a fatwa was declared against him, Rushdie was known to his police detail as “Joseph Anton,” a pseudonym in homage to his favorite writers, Joseph Conrad and Anton Chekhov. The memoir, Joseph Anton, is about this nine-year period of Rushdie’s life, and will be out this September.
Stephen Burt talks to Publishers Weekly about being a poetry critic and a poet. In both roles, he pays close attention to language, and describes words like “generous,” “lucid,” “courageous,” and “luminous” as “reviewspeak,” or “thrice-steeped teabags.”
Electric Literature takes to Kickstarter to crowdfund its latest entrepreneurial venture, Recommended Readings, which will publish one story a week chosen by a well-known writer or editor, as well as one
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