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Two Pinocchio Films Chopped In One Week

“Pinocchio” © Walt Disney Pictures (1940)

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Also in today’s news roundup: Portland’s most hated poet, revisiting kid’s books as adults, and much more! It’s time for your Daily Blunt.

Just last week we shared the disappointing news about Guillermo Del Toro’s stop-motion Pinocchio adaptation. This week the little wooden boy is dealt another setback: Sam Mendes has exited Disney’s live-action version of the classic, putting the project on hiatus (temporarily, we hope). No word yet what drew the Oscar-winning filmmaker away from the task at hand — The Tracking Board stops just short of suggesting he may have been tapped to direct another James Bond film.

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Want to become the Most Hated Poet in Portland? Sorry, that position is filled. Collin Andrew Yost’s written works went viral this summer, and not in the good way: overnight he discovered hundreds of Twitter and Instagram users mocking his poems, and in this profile by The Outline he describes the sharp turn his life has taken since gaining all this notoriety. “Now, some mornings, he wakes up a little afraid to look at his phone. But then again, his friends told him, maybe that was a sign that he was getting it right, on the road to making it.”

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When’s the last time you checked in on your favorite book from childhood? LitHub explains why this can be a profoundly bittersweet experience, using Bruce Handy’s book Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children’s Literature as an Adult as a springboard into the subject. Reminding us how much easier we were to entertain back then, he writes: “Childhood is full of longueurs, and growing up can be tedious.” (Don’t worry, Charlotte’s Web is still magical.)

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Ebook treasure-hunters, get on your marks: Open Culture announced a new trove of 10,000 books published between 1923 and 1941 that have been digitally released for public consumption thanks to a provision in copyright law discovered by The Internet Archive. The site’s founder also mentions that the site “will add another 10,000 books and other works in the near future.” Time to browse their list and download legally to your bookish little heart’s content.