Leon Wieseltier, The New Republic’s literary editor for nearly twenty-five years, has rightly observed that if “value is a function of scarcity,” then “what is most scarce in our culture is long, thoughtful, patient, deliberate analysis of questions that do not have obvious or easy answers.”
Quoted by former Los Angeles Times Book Review editor, at just under 10,00 words, Steve Wasserman, delivers the goods in Goodbye to All That, an essay on book reviews, marketing and much more. Published in the Columbia Journalism Review.
A fine compliment to the discussion on book pricing on Literary Kicks.
I found the link on Conversational Reading.
Goodbye to All That
The decline of the coverage of books isn’t new, benign, or necessary
By Steve Wasserman