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Aug 6, 2013 @ 12:32:00 am

Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon

John le Carre recently wrote a piece in the Guardian, taking it to task for failing to offer more protections to leaker Edward Snowden. Now, the paper is taken to le Carre to task.

For the next ten days, the Los Angeles Times is “calling all opinionated poets” to contribute poems to their opinion section. While the paper has a policy of not running poetry, on August 25 they’ll make an exception, and will “devote a page of our print section to the best of what comes in.”

Daniel Radcliffe, aka Harry Potter, will be starring as Allen Ginsberg in the forthcoming Beat film Kill Your Darlings. According to the Los Angeles Times, John Krokidas’s film is the “Muppet Babies version of the Beat Generation, with actors Jack Huston, Dane DeHaan, and Ben Foster taking on the roles of real-life Beats such as Jack Kerouac, Lucien Carr, and William Burroughs.”

The Bureau of General Services–Queer Division, aka Manhattan’s last queer bookstore, is looking for a new home. Explaining the store’s curious name, co-owner and art historian Greg Newton told the Daily News, “we’d like it to be some community center... That’s part of the reason we didn’t put the word ‘bookstore’ in our name.”

The summer issue of the Paris Review includes an interview with ailing Hungarian writer Imre Kertész.

Jeff Bezos, the founder and head of Amazon, is buying the Washington Post. He’s spending $250 million of his own money on the purchase, meaning that the Post won’t become part of Amazon. “I don’t want to imply that I have a worked-out plan,” Bezos told the Post. “This will be uncharted terrain and it will require experimentation.”

And speaking of the Washington Post, book critic Ron Charles is taking a break from reviewing books to write about something sort-of related: how to find a decent mid-priced bookshelf.