December 21, 2011 | by Sadie Stein
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.
The secret lives of Smiley.
Picture books? There’s an app for that!
And Gosling does Scrooge. God bless us, every one!