Bring Me the Head of James Franco, Amazon Launches Literary Journal, 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:

Bookstore sales fell 4.5 percent in the month of August of this year, compared to 2012. (Shelf Awareness)

Amazon has launched a literary journal titled Day One. (Yahoo! Finance)

GalleyCat showcases Ernest Hemingway’s advice to a young author, excerpted from the second volume of The Letters of Ernest Hemingway, out this month from Cambridge University Press.

Among obituaries and tributes to the great Lou Reed, Andrew Epstein highlights Reed’s “serious connections to the poetry world,” including his time studying with Delmore Schwartz. (Poetry Foundation)

Franco bashing by culture makers has passed from preoccupation to art with the Chicago production of Ian Belknap’s Bring Me the Head of James Franco, That I May Prepare a Savory Goulash in the Narrow and Misshapen Pot of His Skull. (Chicago Tribune)

The venerable Poetry Library in London is celebrating its sixtieth birthday. (Guardian)

Novelist Claire Messud considers the new Arthur Goldhammer translation of Albert Camus’s Algerian Chronicles—first published in 1958, during the Algerian War. (New York Review of Books)

Thumbing his nose at the surveillance state, artist Grayson Earle created the NSA Haiku Generator. (Betabeat)