It’s been a few months since the bookish among us pondered the question of the value of negative book reviews, so Francine Prose and Zoe Heller are reheating the issue in the New York Times: The publishing industry, we hear, is in trouble. So why would a sensible writer tell people not to buy a book?… Continue reading To Pan Books or Not to Pan Books
Scott Southard, keeper of a blog of literary musings, wrote a humorous post on literary genres, and the factionalism they encourage, that got me thinking about how I choose to answer the question “So what do you write?” I generally say “literary fiction.” I can’t not say that. Almost all of my published short stories,… Continue reading I Am An (Anxiety) Dreamweaver
“You shouldn’t review podcasts because no one gets paid for them.” So say the embittered subjects of an Onion AV Club Podmass review, employing an argument that gets credit for novelty, if nothing else. The logic of this is that critics function as a kind of consumer watchdog, preventing people from wasting their money on… Continue reading Should Podcasts Be Reviewed?