From PopMatters, a review of Cult Magazines: A to Z. From TLS, the literary journal is dead, long live the literary journal: A review of The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines. Seize the pen: In Beg, Borrow, Steal: A Writer’s Life, Michael Greenberg emerges as figure out of Bellow. From The Nation, a review of Oranges and Peanuts for Sale and An Elemental Thing by Eliot Weinberger. There is neither the money nor the space to sustain a career as a full-time book reviewer; D J Taylor mourns the slow death of the man of letters. From Bookslut, an interview with Ron Charles, Deputy Editor of The Washington Post’s "Book World" and winner of the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing. From Publishing Trends, a series on how book reviews are changing. The winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature isn’t always a bolt-out-of-the-blue surprise, a writer whose work is known only to an elite fraction of readers — it only seems that way. Why big books still matter: Sarah Palin’s memoir demonstrates the power of the book-as-talisman. You might think there’s no future at all for bookstores, but the folks at Canada’s Quill & Quire magazine are dreaming big and holding out hope. From NYRB, Charles Rosen on the lost pleasure of browsing. James Schall on libraries without readers. Click by click, libraries and readers wade into digital lending. Napsterized: Will piracy become a problem for e-books? Parchment brothers: Before e-books, publishers, and printers, Western knowledge was in the hands of scribes and their superiors.

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