The Morning’s Top 5 Cultural Stories


1. Regardless of how it does at the box office, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is already a social media blockbuster. [via Mashable] 2. Banned or not, why that Catcher in the Rye sequel never stood a chance with readers. [via Slate] 3. Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah announces his solo debut. [via Stereogum] 4. Considering Bush-Cheney-era torture through art [via Modern Art Notes] 5. Famed book agent Andrew Wylie has snatched Nobel laureate V.S. Naipaul from his old partner/mentor Gillon Aitken. [via Gawker]