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Jun 26, 2012 @ 4:00:00 am

Blake Butler

The Atlantic has posted a short and provocative piece titled “Why Porn and Journalism Have the Same Big Problem.” The problem is getting people to pay in a world where so much porn, and so much journalism, is free. A sample money quote: “ Like the porn studios, big media companies have seen their own profits plummet in the face of free aggregators, amateur bloggers, and the nearly limitless competition supplied by the web.”

At the New York Review blog, Michael Chabon contributes a cranky post about dreams. “Pretty much the only thing I hate more than my own dreams are yours.”

#occupygaddis, a project launched by the Los Angeles Review of Books encouraging readers to plow through William Gaddis’s JR over the summer, has grown into a collective enterprise, drawing in readers from Facebook, Goodreads, and the site Infinite Zombies...

Galleycat reports that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has emerged from bankruptcy.

Recently someone asked us if Vice, who cohosted a party with Paris Review last week, had become literary. Based on Blake Butler’s response to advice given by 10 established writers alone, we would say yes. But if you’re Elmore Leonard, Richard Ford, or Esther Freud, the answer probably remains: No!