The literary magazine Opium is “putting together a series of quotes about what authors have learned from other authors (or other sources)—something another writer once said to you that's really stuck in your head and encouraged or influenced your work.” For instance: “The secret of making [art] is simple: Discard everything that is good enough” (James Salter). If you've got one, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Via the NewPages blog.)
Michael Emmerich and Daniela Harezanu have a terrific exchange on a subject of personal importance: the editing of translations. (Via Three Percent.)
Andrew Saikali flags a story on censorship in Iran, a subject you can read more about in PEN America 8: Making Histories.
And PEN is going to court to challenge the new surveillance law.
(The photo above is an oldie but goodie from Amitava Kumar's blog: his daughter in a Susan Sontag t-shirt made out of The New York Times.)