The Speed Read

Derek Walcott withdraws as a candidate to be Oxford University's professor of poetry after an anonymous letter campaign revives accusations of sexual harassment against him (Pause for a moment to contemplate what it must be like to live in a place where a poetry professorship spawns highly public, political-style campaigning). ... The Guardian picks the very best books to read underground. ... Poet Craig Arnold, who was missing on a Japanese volcanic island, has been declared dead. Searchers believe he injured his leg and then fell from a very steep cliff. ... Pirated versions of e-books are turning up on the web. ... Napoleon wrote a novella, before he conquered all of Europe. It will be published, at long last, in England in the fall.

By Rachel Hartigan Shea |  May 12, 2009; 10:17 AM ET
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