We speak to editor, reviewer and Miles Franklin longlisted author Patrick Allington about the privilege of getting to read unpublished writing, why 'write what you know' is the worst advice, and his childhood dream of imitating Enid Blyton., In the latest in our occasional series of book-to-film updates, we bring you Johnny Depp's latest outing (reportedly, the books are great but you might want to miss the film), the new adaptations of John Green, Patricia Highsmith and Thomas Hardy, and Paul Thomas Anderson's film of Thomas Pynchon's *Inherent Vice*., A $5 million donation from a Melbourne couple creates a new professorship of Australian literature at the University of Melbourne. America remakes The Slap, with an all-star cast. A five-year-old child is billed for missing a birthday party. We share some some reasons to re-read, via *Meanjin*. And a riposte to the viral 36 questions to make you fall in love: 36 questions guaranteed to make you fall out of love. and We talk to Brodie Lancaster, staff writer for *Rookie*, founding editor of *Filmmes Fatales* and editor at The Good Copy, about writing stories about Hanson (when she was six), Imposter Syndrome, working for Tavi Gevinson, and getting her writing advice from The Good Copy's Penny Modra.