Thursday, May 15, 2008

This about nails it ...

... Informed Opinions. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

What the litblogosphere promises to offer is the possibility of multiple sources of well-supported reviews and commentary (many more than have been available in print publications, whose numbers are only continuing to decline, anyway), which can only enrich the discussion of current fiction (and poetry) and in turn encourage writers to believe their work is getting serious attention. Those who have criticized the litblogosphere precisely for the abundance of opinions on display have decried the loss of "authority" it thereby produces. But critical authority comes not from having your name in print in some putatively prestigious newspaper or magazine but from the care that has been taken to support an opinion with astute observation.


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