This is, not surprisingly, a pretty thoughtful piece. But once again, what is said about blogs is dismaying, because it is based on a view of blogs that is at variance with the reality of blogs. It may well be that "book reviews, to be of any value, demand a trained sensibility and real critical expertise" and "need to furnish more than rough-hewn consumer guidance and the colorful peeves of the man in the street." But a blog is simply an electronic publication. If someone with "a trained sensibility and real critical expertise" decides to write a blog, well .... Much criticism of blogs is like people in a medieval scriptorium lamenting books being printed on paper rather than hand-written on parchment.