Albert Uderzo's characters Asterix and Obelix

James Franco, aka “America’s most famous poetry geek,” is not only teaching a poetry-heavy film class at NYU, but he’s asked his nine student to direct short films based on C.K. Williams poems.

Found in the wonderful Lingua Franca archives: Daniel Zalewski on the advent of silent reading.

Magazine publishers Hearst, Conde Nast, and Meredith have all signed on to sell digital versions of their publications (which include Esquire, The New Yorker, Vogue, and Wired) on Amazon’s new i-Pad-like e-reader. The notable absence? Time, Inc.

A former handyman who stole rare manuscripts by Winston Churchill, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and TS Eliot has been sentenced to 30 months in prison by a UK court.

Via Adweek, the story of how The Atlantic managed to become profitable again by breaking down the “traditional wall between the editorial and business sides” and behaving like a start-up.

William Morrow/Harper Collins has pulled Neal Stephenson’s new book, Reamde, off Amazon’s virtual shelves after discovering that the e-book was riddled with errors. The move isn’t cheap, either: as of this morning Reamde was the thirty-sixth best-selling book on Amazon.

Albert Uderzo, co-creator of Asterix the Gaul, has declared himself “a bit tired” and is retiring after fifty-two years of animating the comic.

The Awl advises on how to write a love poem.