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December 21, 2011 | by

A cultural news roundup.

  • RIP Václav Havel. An essential reading list.
  • RIP George Whitman. A video tribute.
  • RIP Christopher Hitchens.  An unusual officemate.
  • You can no longer kiss Oscar Wilde’s grave.
  • “The state of publishing—in particular of the kind of fiction which is politely called ‘literary,’ meaning not ‘easy reading’ as in ‘easy listening,’ or necessarily story-led, not bestselling before it is published—is dire.”
  • In happier news: McSweeney’s launches a poetry imprint.
  • Mowgli’s mixtape.
  • The secret lives of Smiley.
  • Picture books? There’s an app for that!
  • And Gosling does Scrooge. God bless us, every one!


    1. Joe Carlson | December 21, 2011 at 2:18 pm

      RIP Hitch:
      We straggled down quickly through the rain to the cars. Owl-eyes spoke to me by the gate.
      “I couldn’t get to the house,” he remarked.
      “Neither could anybody else.”
      “Go on!” He started. “Why, my God! they used to go there by the hundreds.” He took off his glasses and wiped them again, outside and in.
      “The poor son-of-a-bitch,” he said.

    2. Facebook Likes | December 22, 2011 at 6:15 am

      Great cultral round up for the year. I never realised they put up a glass screen in front of Oscar Wilde’s grave.

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