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Joseph Stiglitz's Freefall, Mark Weiss's The Whole Island and Robert Darnton's The Case for Books.

Book publishers have always predicted that the end was nigh. When it does come they will have only themselves to blame.

Weep not for the death of the old Fourth Estate: at almost every critical hour, in every decade, it failed us.

We have no more hope today of saving the newspaper business than we do the telegraph business. But we can save the news.

As newspapers become increasingly irrelevant, is making them tax-exempt their last, best hope?

The collapse of journalism threatens democracy itself--that's why we need a government rescue.

Will the Obama administration reaffirm the civic mandate of the Postal Service that was damaged during the Bush years?

Cynthia Ozick, Norman Podhoretz and Alfred Chester contribute to the education of an editor. Second of a two-part memoir.

An unfinished memoir by the late literary editor and critic. The first part of a two-part article.

The economy of reading is rapidly collapsing. If we can bail out banks, why not the book industry?


There is no avoiding the inherently alienating consequences of trying to earn a living through the production of words.

May 30, 2014

The conversation about diversity in Science Fiction & Fantasy reveals how racism constrains even imagination. 

September 10, 2013

 Who gives a [insert expletive] about an Oxford comma?

July 11, 2011

A historian admits he denounced rivals anonymously on the internet.

April 19, 2010