... constitute a genre of its own? Brian Doyle ponders The art of the book review . (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)
I think that formal inventiveness is the best response to the pressure to conserve space that has characterized newspaper writing for quite some time now. I also like to think that part of my job is to filter out the mountebanks and charlatans ( though I have read reviews of books that I have reviewed and was convinced that the other reviewer had not lingered too long with the book under review).