Richard Brautigan Biography, Zach Galifianakis as Ignatius J. Reilly, 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:

Publishing-industry veteran Mike Shatzkin shares the letter he penned to the Department of Justice regarding its antitrust lawsuit. (Shatzkin Files)

Meanwhile, John Oakes, the publisher of OR Books, suggests a way to combat Amazon is to sell directly to consumers. (Melville House)

In light of William Hjortsberg's new biography of Richard Brautigan, Jubilee Hitchhiker, Dwight Garner looks at the life and work of the popular poet and author of Trout Fishing in America.

In 1924, Ernest Hemingway published a gossipy poem about the famous women poets of the day titled, “The Lady Poets with Foot Notes," in the modernist magazine Der Querschnitt. (Paris Review Daily)

Author Amy Shearn recently discovered her grandmother kept a correspondence with Hemingway's second wife, the journalist Martha Gellhorn. (Millions)

John Kennedy Toole's posthumously published Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Confederacy of Dunces was first optioned in 1980 yet has never been made into a film. Over the years John Belushi, John Candy, Chris Farley, and Will Ferrell have been pegged as leads. Most recently it was announced Zach Galifianakis is attached to star as Ignatius J. Reilly. (Hairpin)

Ben Yagoda walks us through the "most comma mistakes." (New York Times)

This summer, the audience of Shakespeare in the Park in New York City will be treated to bluegrass songs written by Steve Martin accompanying the Bard's words. Daniel Sullivan, who set the action in the rural American South around 1840, directs the play, As you Like It. (Mass Live)

World Wide Learn rounds up the top fifty creative writing professors on Twitter.