Kurt Vonnegut Film Adaptation, Lorca in Brooklyn, 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:

The New York Times reports that Amazon is cutting back discounts.

Meanwhile, in the wake of Amazon’s news, Melville House writes, “Monopoly achieved.

In the age of social media, Fast Company details how to master self-promotion.

A new study indicates that daily reading and writing will slow the ravages of dementia. (Smithsonian)

Open Culture features a cranky letter from the legendary Mark Twain.

Nic Brown takes his young daughter to visit Rowan Oak, novelist William Faulkner’s historic home in Oxford, Mississippi. The literary landmark is maintained by the University of Mississippi. (Garden & Gun)

Film critic Peter Rainer examines the conspicuous absence of screen adaptations of the work of Saul Bellow. (Los Angeles Review of Books)

In other Hollywood news, screenwriter Charlie Kaufman may adapt Kurt Vonnegut’s bestselling novel Slaughterhouse-Five for director Guillermo del Toro. (Flavorwire)

A mural of the poet Federico García Lorca has appeared in Brooklyn. (New York Times)