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News Roundup: September 2, 2022

In this week’s edition: A new book examines the internet’s impact on art; Twitter finally adds an edit button; a writer shares how she got caught up in a publishing scam at 17; the IBPA issues new hybrid publisher guidelines; the most compelling death scenes in fiction; and more.

The Book That Explains Our Cultural Stagnation
The New York Times
Is art dead, or just boring us to death? This opinion piece examines how the overabundance of content online and people’s obsession with social status has adversely impacted literature and other art forms.

Farewell Typos! Twitter Unveils an Edit Button
The New York Times
After more than 15 years, Twitter has finally added an edit button so users can correct tweets after sending them.

What Five Years with a Predatory Vanity Press Taught Me About Art and Success
Lit Hub
An author shares her experience getting her first two books published as a teenager with a publishing company that turned out to be a scam.

If You’re Struggling to Write, Lead with Voice
Lit Hub
This essay redefines the meaning of “voice” to encompass multiple authentic voices and argues that exploring them can make you a better writer.

IBPA Revises Hybrid Publisher Criteria
Publishers Weekly
The Independent Book Publishers Association has updated its checklist for defining reputable hybrid publishers, adding points about transparency in business practices and clear, negotiable contracts.

How Two SoCal Immigrants and Alexander Chee are Reinventing the Gift Box—For Books
The Los Angeles Times
Authors Guild Council member Alexander Chee is curating a new American fiction subscription box for Boxwalla. A subscription includes two new books each month. with a focus on translated and multicultural works.

The 50 Greatest Fictional Deaths of All Time
From Beth March’s peaceful death in Little Women to the two heroines driving their car off a cliff in Thelma & Louise, critic Dan Kois reviews the “most tearjerking, hilarious, satisfying, and shocking death scenes” in literature, theatre, film, and television.