August 31, 2011 | by Sadie Stein
A cultural news roundup.
Novelist and poet Susan Fromberg Schaeffer has died at seventy-one.
Ruth Rendell speaks out on health cuts.
Snape, the dark-horse winner of a Harry Potter popularity contest. This is controversial.
What to read when you’re sick.
P. G. Wodehouse: the movie.
Javier Cercas: “I respect music too much—if I write I write, if I listen I listen.”
Tweeting from beyond the grave?
Samples of Obama’s summer reading.
The most-wanted out-of-print title? Madonna’s Sex.
The first Kashmir Book Festival has been canceled amid fears of violence.
She Loves You: the Beatles and pronoun use.
A. S. Byatt: “I am a profound pessimist both about life and about human relations and about politics and ecology. Humans are inadequate and stupid creatures who sooner or later make a mess, and those who are trying to do good do a lot more damage than those who are muddling along.”