William Zinsser's Writing Advice, Literary Rules for Social Media, 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 sits down with William Zinsser, the venerable author of On Writing Well, who is still dispensing writing advice and teaching at ninety.

Do you procrastinate? So did Franz Kafka. (Slate)

A new documentary entitled Out of Print screened this past week at the Tribeca Film Festival. Directed by Vivienne Roumani, the film looks at the current shift to electronic texts, and features Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and Author’s Guild president Scott Turow, among others. (PBS)

Meanwhile, considering our new electronic landscape, Michael Bourne suggests it's time to dispense with the “play-by-play book review.” (Millions)

And Jennifer Niesslein suggests some helpful rules for the literary community—on social media and elsewhere. (Virginia Quarterly Review)

As April's National Poetry Month comes to a close, January Gill O’Neil explains why we need poetry more than ever before. (Salem News)

Barnes and Noble Review takes a look at the Selected Letters of Willa Cather, published in April by Knopf.

Did you know the Coen brothers' comedy O Brother, Where Art Thou? was modeled on Homer’s Odyssey? Emily Temple rounds up nine other films based on poetry. (Flavorwire)