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:
The release date of the much anticipated screen adaptation of The Great Gatsby has been pushed back . (GalleyCat)
In other Hollywood news, a film is in the works about the relationship between author Norman Mailer and convicted felon Jack Abbott, surrounding Mailer's 1980 Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Executioner’s Song. Mailer helped secure Abbott's release from prison, based on Abbott's skills as a writer. Six weeks later, Abbott killed a man during a fight  at a New York City restaurant. Daily Beast/Newsweek editor-in-chief Tina Brown is the film's executive producer. (Hollywood Reporter)
Meanwhile, filmmaker Lena Dunham landed the help of Mad Men star Jon Hamm to promote the New Yorker's iPhone app . The young creator of HBO's Girls seizes the opportunity for some self-directed satire. (Flavorwire)
Mother Jones underscores some of the "facts" schoolchildren in Louisiana may be taught under a new state-sponsored voucher program, if those school use textbooks from Bob Jones University Press. It highlights passages from a 2001 textbook discussing Mark Twain and Emily Dickinson: "Twain's outlook was both self-centered and ultimately hopeless.... " and "Several of [Emily Dickinson's] poems show a presumptuous attitude concerning her eternal destiny and a veiled disrespect for authority in general."
Mat Honan explains how security flaws at Apple and Amazon allowed his digital life to be destroyed , included the sole copies of a year's worth of photos of his baby daughter. (Wired)
Continuing the excellent We Can Be Heroes: Poetry at the Olympics series at the Los Angeles Review of Books—today's installment is by Erika Meitner and A. Van Jordan. Meitner writes, "As a poet, I am well-versed in failure. As a poet, I’ve found ways to compete sideways, take the less traveled paths. I write narrative poems. I write poems about sex and women’s bodies and babies. I write poems about Walmart. Apparently Trampoline gymnasts feel similarly. "
If you missed Alfred, Lord Tennyson's birthday, it was yesterday. Although he died in 1892, a recording survives of the great poet reading "The Charge of the Light Brigade. " (Poetry Archive)