David Mitchell on the Filming of Cloud Atlas, Judge Dismisses Mario Puzo Lawsuit, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 9.28.12

Every day Poets & Writers Magazine scans the headlines—from publishing reports to academic announcements to literary dispatches—for all the news that creative writers need to know. Here are today's stories:

A federal judge in New York dismissed attempts by Mario Puzo's estate to quash future Godfather films from Paramount. (Hollywood Reporter)

"Wherever the Cloud Atlas screenplay differed from Cloud Atlas the novel, it did so for sound reasons that left me more impressed than piqued." David Mitchell describes the process of adapting his celebrated novel for the screen. (New York Times Magazine)

Literary scholars visiting the Harry Ransom Center in Austin, Texas, can now peruse the notes and several drafts of David Foster Wallace's posthumous novel, The Pale King. (GalleyCat)

Meanwhile, earlier this week, Brad Listi interviewed David Foster Wallace biographer D. T. Max for the Other People podcast.

Barnes & Noble has gone paperless (with paychecks). (Los Angeles Times)

Today is the anniversary of the death of Herman Melville, and in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, a summer-long celebration of the author of Moby-DickCall Me Melville—will end on Columbus Day after over four months of literary-themed events. (iBerkshires)

New Dorp High School, a formerly notorious public high school in New York City, began to teach "the basics of analytic writing, every day, in virtually every class," and is now a model for education reform. (Atlantic)

PWxyz has created pie charts for James Joyce's Ulysses. (Joyce's masterpiece contains 18 percent walking.)

If you're feeling down, try writing a one-star review for Amazon. It works for Bob Odenkirk. (New Yorker)

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Finding Gems in Lost & Found

by Rebecca Bates

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Posted 10.15.14

November/December 2014

The Center for Humanities at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City is making the ephemeral more tangible through its Lost & Found chapbook series.


Let's Just Do This: Eleven Small-Press Authors and their Publishing Partners

by Kevin Larimer

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Posted 10.15.14

November/December 2014

Eleven small-press authors and their publishing partners discuss the independent approach—and all the passion, commitment, and love that comes with it—to bringing books into the world.


Agents & Editors: Jeff Shotts

by Michael Szczerban

Special Section

Posted 10.15.14

November/December 2014

Graywolf Press executive editor Jeff Shotts discusses the power of patience in publishing, editing as an act of empathy, and why it’s an exciting time to be a poet.