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The Week That Was 20th – 24th September

A week of news is nothing if it doesn’t contain a dose of smut and touch of outrage. Could it be true a long forgotten anthology has revealed a lost John Milton poem entitled “An Extempore Upon a Faggot”, containing what The Guardian describes as “a rather smutty ditty”? Not to be outdone, The Huffington Post gives us a small round-up of the world’s meanest book reviews, including Susan Cohen describing The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as “easily one of the worst books I’ve ever read. And bear in mind that I’ve read John Grisham.”

Something serious in the Sydney Morning Herald this week is a thoughtful article on the popularity of e-books and the implications for paper books. The Guardian also has its share of serious essays, including this one, questioning if auto-fiction is strictly in the domain of male writers. Finally, The Huffington Post is running an interview with poet Marilyn Hacker, on poetry as a bridge across cultures.

And remember, submissions for Rubric Issue 2, 2010 close in under two weeks, so if you’d like to submit, you better click here.