nightlightAh, parodies!

Did you know:  it was March 7, 1994 that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled parodies as ‘fair use,’ thus not requiring permission from the copyright owner? I suppose this could be a good news / bad news sort of scenario—depending on which side you reside.  Personally, I can’t imagine a world wherein parodies would be illegal. Surely, that’s what would become of them if they required permission to exist. After all, asking an author if you can parody their work must be something akin to asking a parent if you can mock their child.

In other news:

On Fat Tuesday, Black Balloon Publishing pondered what literary characters they’d like to party with. Anyone you’d care to add?

Wednesday, George Saunders won the Story Prize for his short story collection Tenth of December.

The PEN/Faulkner Foundation has announced the five finalists for the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.

Most of us know Margaret Wise Brown’s Good Night Moon–come March, we’ll also be able to know her Goodnight Songs, a collection of ‘lullaby poems,’ illustrated by twelve children’s book illustrators.

Walter Kirn tells us a bit about his literary preferences (The Huff Post).

Hilary Mantel offers some good advice for aspiring authors.

The New Yorker gives us a heads up in books to watch out for in March.

Edward Mendelson gives us a glimpse of a ‘generous and honorable’ W.H. Auden–one who kept his softer side a secret “because he would have been ashamed to have been praised for it.” If you’ve had a bad week and you need some inspiration–do read this one!