August 3, 2011 | by Sadie Stein
A cultural news roundup.
Facebook has acquired Push Pop Press, a start-up that converts books into iPad- and iPhone-friendly formats.
“Until a few years ago, hardly a day would go by in the summer without the mailman bringing a postcard from a vacationing friend or acquaintance. Nowadays, you’re bound to get an email enclosing a photograph, or, if your grandchildren are the ones doing the traveling, a brief message telling you that their flight has been delayed or that they have arrived.”
Vote for the top one hundred science-fiction and fantasy titles.
Anyone for retro cocktails?
Joanna Lumley is raising funds to convert the home that helped inspire Peter Pan into a children’s literature center.
In praise of small-town papers.
Remembering Elizabeth Mackintosh—aka Josephine Tey, aka Gordon Daviot.
Meet the new Spider-Man: Brooklynite Miles Morales.
The New Yorker conquers the iPad.
A guide to literary Edinburgh.
#undatable—the literary characters you really wouldn’t want to date.
Please judge these Virago Modern Classics by their gorgeous covers!