Jack Handy Tackles Humor and Hawaii, Backwards Poetry, Roger Ebert’s London, and More

by James F. Thompson

Daily News

Online Only, posted 7.12.13

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:

Renowned Deep Thoughts humorist Jack Handy returns to publishing with The Stench of Honolulu: A Tropical Adventure, a novel that follows the comedic exploits of an unreliable narrator and his friend in search of the Golden Monkey. GalleyCat explains.

Discover the forward-thinking art of reading a poem backwards. (New Yorker)

Forgotten book written by Roger Ebert in 1986, The London Walk, details the movie critic’s love for traversing London and his talent for writing graceful prose: “I have walked it in snow and sleet, in rain and cold, in burning hot drought, and, most often, on perfect spring or autumn days. I have walked it fifty times with a hundred friends, and I am not half through with it yet.” (Slate)

The ten things you didn’t expect—but may know very well by now—about marrying a writer. (Beyond the Margins)

Tweet sent by Mia Farrow with author Philip Roth proclaiming the two were watching the new Syfy original movie Sharknado causes the media and Portnoy’s Complaint fans to raise a collective eyebrow. It was a joke and Ms. Farrow has since deleted the tweet. (Huffington Post)

Handmade chapbooks from small presses prove that a poet’s disciplined and deliberate choice of words can be enhanced by the physical pages and covers that contain them. (New York Times)

Fake Twitter account attributed to revered author Joan Didion fools the Wall Street Journal. (Flavorwire)