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The Washington Post dresses down for the Bezos era; on the subversions of Tamil pulp fiction

Jeff Bezos

Washington Post publisher Katherine Weymouth talks about the paper and its new owner, Jeff Bezos: “People have stopped wearing ties, that’s the biggest change around here” since Bezos bought the paper for $250 million last fall. The D.C. daily is in a “great position,” she says. “We have a credible brand, deeply engaged readers, [and we] cover Washington. And now we are owned by someone with deep pockets who cares what we do and is willing to invest for the long term.”

For its end-of-the-year roundup, Salon asked critics to name their favorite books—and their least-likable characters.

Gawker, meanwhile, has issued a list of the year’s least important writers, including Thomas Friedman, Malcolm Gladwell, Andrew Sullivan, and Elizabeth Wurtzel—ouch.

At the Awl, Sharan Shetty looks at trends in design-font history.

The Los Angeles Times shifts from looking back to looking forward with a preview of good books to come in 2014, including Cristina Henríquez’s The Book of Unknown Americans, “the great Delaware novel everyone's been waiting for,” according to Hector Tobar.

“There has always been something deliciously dubious about pulp.” No kidding! In the Los Angeles Review of Books, Kaavya Asoka reflects on the subversive charms of Tamil pulp fiction, as packaged in a new, multi-volume series of anthologies.