Why the war on endnotes? Personally, I find it extremely valuable to see where an author, fiction or nonfiction, culled his influences. (In fact, this issue came up recently in a Segundo interview that will be released later this month. The author was asked if another author had been particularly influential. As it turns out, they were both residing in the same building.)
Marilynne Robinson is offering tips to prisoners. Under the pretence of a fiction workshop, Robinson has been serving up cake recipes with unusual ingredients that should effectively elude X-rays.
The Australiancontinues the tedious debate on litblogs vs. mainstream media. It gets many things wrong, but among the more preposterous claims is the idea that Critical Mass emerged because of the Litblog Co-Op. I know from talking with John Freeman that this was not the case at all and that he simply wanted to give the NBCC an online presence. Would it have killed Genevieve Tucker to get some actual quotes instead of speculating as she went along? (Oh wait! That would involve actual journalism!) The problem with Tucker’s article is that she insists upon a Manichean view of the literary critical world, when it is a far more complex tableau, often with considerable overlap.