Ted Hughes's Private Letters from America, a Book Tour by Pushcart, and More


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:

An archive of forty-one letters from Ted Hughes recently acquired by the British Library reveal his initial reaction to American consumerism after moving to Massachusetts to teach: "Luxury is stuffed down your throat—a mass-produced luxury—till you feel you'd rather be rolling in the mud and eating that." (Telegraph)

The New York Times has an image of the jacket for David Foster Wallace's The Pale King, which will be published by Little, Brown on April 15 next year.

A Toronto-born author has been selling his books out of a pushcart on an "unorthodox tour" through New York State, Massachusetts, and Maine. (Brooklyn Eagle)

Is the line blurring between books and the Internet? (Forbes)

The 120th anniversary of Agatha Christie's birth is today, and Google has, of course, celebrated it with a doodle. (Guardian)

The film adaptation of Joe Dunthorne's 2008 novel, Submarine, premiered on Sunday night and the Los Angeles Times has a full report.

The film adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's dystopian 2006 novel, Never Let Me Go, hits theaters in New York City and Los Angeles on Wednesday and the New York Times took a closer look.

PCMag had some criticism for Amazon's recent Kindle ad: "Amazon has an important message about the latest Kindle—it is e-book reader of choice for pretty ladies in swimsuits everywhere. Apple iPads, meanwhile, are strictly for the sort of dudes who wear t-shirts while sitting beside the pool." So did PC World.