Amazon Kindles in China, Jonathan Safran Foer on Technology and Compassion, and More

Evan Smith Rakoff

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:

With the news that the National Security Agency—working with other federal agencies—has been allegedly listening in on all of America's phone and Internet activity, Melville House asks: "Is Amazon one of the companies working with the NSA to spy on you?"

In a personal essay, novelist Jonathan Safran Foer discusses how our intimacy with technology is shaping our humanity. (New York Times)

The first images have surfaced of Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice, which is being filmed now Los Angeles. (Rope of Silicon)

Typographer Abelardo Gonzalez has created a free, digital font called OpenDyslexic, which helps people with dyslexia read books. (GalleyCat)

This past Friday, Amazon made its Kindles available in China. (Shelf Awareness)

Natasha Trethewey's tenure as United States Poet Laureate will continue into a second term. (Clarion Ledger)

Today marks the eighty-fifth birthday of famed author Maurice Sendak. (Guardian)