Remembering Adrienne Rich, New David Foster Wallace, 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:

Seminal feminist poet Adrienne Rich passed away yesterday at age eighty-two. (Los Angeles Times)

In honor of Adrienne Rich, the New Yorker gathered twenty-eight poems by Rich published in the magazine in the 1950s.

Fast Company explores how the constraints created by Apple for authors and publishers using its iBookstore and App Store may "price out creativity."

The soon-to-be-released paperback of David Foster Wallace's Pale King includes previously unpublished material, and the Millions has posted one of Foster Wallace's scenes.

Kasi Lemmons is slated to direct a screen adaptation of Zadie Smith's 2005 novel, On Beauty. (Deadline)

In other literary Hollywood news, screenwriter and director Charlie Kaufman is writing his first novel for Grand Central Publishing. (Flavorwire)

Meanwhile, at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, the Juilliard-trained actor Val Kilmer is performing as Mark Twain in a one-man play Kilmer also penned and directed. (Movie Talk)

Letters of Note uncovered a testy and hilarious note author and humorist James Thurber wrote to an unwitting schoolboy in 1958. "When I was a baby goat I had to do my own research on projects, and I enjoyed doing it. I never wrote an author for his autograph or photograph in my life. Photographs are for movie actors to send to girls. Tell your teacher I said so, and please send me her name."

In light of the Library of America's publication of the Collected Writings of Joe Brainard, the Millions looks at Brainard's life and work. Joe Brainard, a contemporary of Anne Waldman and Ron Padgett, died of AIDS-related pneumonia in 1994.