Books and Kryptonite
Martin writes "In a long, thoughtful and partially autobiographical essay, a former editor of the Los Angeles Times Book Review reflects on the current decline in and dismal outlook for literary book reviews in American newspapers. "For many writers, [the] threat to the nation's delicate ecology of literary and cultural life is cause for considerable alarm. . . . Others, equally passionate, dismiss these concerns as exaggerations, the overblown reaction of latter-day Luddites vainly resisting the new world order now upon us. They foresee — indeed, welcome — an inevitable if difficult adaptation and seek to free themselves of the nostalgia for a past that never was. Newspapers, in this view, are at long last taking steps, however painful, toward a revivified cultural blossoming." Here is link. http://www.cjr.org/cover_story/goodbye_to_all_that _1.php?page=all (BYW, the reference to Kryptonite comes in the final paragraph of the article.)"