Letters of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Maxwell Perkins, Adrien Brody's Take on Men’s Fiction, 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:

Author and radio host Kurt Andersen examines how American culture adopted many of the social causes of the 1960s, but not in the economic realm: "Selfishness won." (New York Times)

An architecture firm in Texas converted an abandoned Wal-Mart into an award-winning public library. (GalleyCat)

Letters of Note features several exchanges that took place in 1924 between twenty-eight year old F. Scott Fitzgerald and Scribner editor Maxwell Perkins, which resulted in the publication of The Great Gatsby. "This time I don't want any signed blurbs on the jacket—not Mencken's or Lewis' or Howard's or anyone's. I'm tired of being the author of This Side of Paradise and I want to start over."

A new edition of William Faulkner's novel, The Sound and the Fury, will be published with different color inks marking time shifts in the narrative, which was Faulkner's original intention. (Guardian)

Dylan Nice, raised a politically conservative, evangelical Christian in Appalachia, recounts how first reading George Orwell’s essay, “Shooting an Elephant," dramatically altered his world view: "In the span of a few thousand words over a half-century old, the world got bigger for me in a quiet way." (Rumpus)

If you're planning an outdoor expedition this summer, consider a campfire recipe Hemingway would love: Bacon-wrapped trout and corn cakes. (Huffington Post)

Cover designer Jon Gray critiques the book jacket of J. K. Rowling's first novel for adults, The Casual Vacancy. (Telegraph)

The New York Times asks several writers and editors what they're reading this summer, including Maud Newton, Dan Kois, and Garth Risk Hallberg.

Courtney Maum channels actor Adrien Brody's take on men’s fiction (he's a huge fan of the writer Jon Raymond). (Electric Literature)

In November, Knopf will publish Alice Munro's thirteenth book of short fiction, Dear Life: Stories, and in case you're unfamiliar with Munro's masterful writing, the Millions offers this beginner’s guide.