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:
Syrian blogger Amina Abdallah Araf al Omari, a lesbian activist thought to be abducted last week, has been found alive and well and living in Scotland—and is a middle-aged American man named Tom MacMaster. (Guardian )
David Mamet, Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright, admits he's crazy for Sarah Palin. (Slate )
Amazon is playing hardball with the state of Arkansas. (Bloomberg )
Today marks the twentieth anniversary of the publication of American Psycho. Annie Coreno talks to Bret Easton Ellis about his famous novel. (Publishers Weekly )
Salman Rushdie claims television dramas have surpassed novels and movies as the most attractive mode of expression. He's also writing a science fiction TV series. (Guardian )
In case you're playing hooky and heading to the shore, over at the Book Lady's blog  Rebecca Joines Schinsky has selected a trio of great paperbacks to stuff in your beach bag.