April 20, 2007
Petition in Support of AJC Books Editor
"The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's recent decision to eliminate its book editor position--and, possibly, its book review section--is demoralizing beyond words. The AJC's book section is one of the best-edited literary pages in the country. It provides Atlanta, which ranks #15 on the University of Wisconsin's list of most literate cities in the U.S., with a powerful and necessary cultural dialogue. Under the astute guidance of the section's editor Teresa Weaver, the books page has demonstrated an admirable commitment to both literature and nonfiction works which have grappled with some of America's most complicated issues and themes...."
read the rest of the petition here, and please consider signing it.
UPDATE: The first comment below is by a literary figure with a fascinating history.
Posted by smclemee at April 20, 2007 8:01 PM
I applaud the elimination of the book critic period. They are not journalists. They are reactionaries. They never bother to fact-check and they spew venom beyond the context of opinion. The ones on blogs are the worst.
And here's the rub.
It is assumed they have economic sway. That people base what they buy on what a critic thinks.
Pure mythology but one newspaper managers are finally seeing through. The book critics are irrelevant in every way. They are being eliminated for a reason. This is not limited to a single publication. It is becoming a trend.
No one really cares what they think about the time of day. They are important to themselves and they strut about pompously.
Dinosaurs. Endangered. Good ridance.
Burn the books. They are as ephemeral as the people who hyperventilate over them. Books are mainly useless and publishing itself doesn't merit one drop of newspaper ink.
In fact, newspapers themselves will soon enough join the ranks of the about-to-become-extinct.
About time. The paradigms have changed and all the petitions in the world won't change that reality.
As for moi, I do sit back and smile at their demise as they get shot down one-by-one not unlike a parade of ducks at the carnival shooting arcade. Who needs ammunition. They have no one to blame for their disappearance but themselves. The ducks perform cultural suicide.
Goodbye, ducks. Your quacking to the relics rack.
Posted by: Tim Barrus aka Nasdijj at April 21, 2007 10:43 AM
Interesting! But not an opinion you've always held, it appears. (See "update" in entry.)
Posted by: Scott McLemee at April 21, 2007 10:53 AM
I read J. Peder Zane's review when it came out, and though I like Zane, I was disappointed that a book review would be taken in for a minute by Nasdiji's obvious ripoff of Sherman Alexie's style.
Posted by: Anthony Nassar at April 23, 2007 9:41 AM