Amazon glitch reveals unsurprising allegiances between writers

As you’ve no doubt already heard, a glitch at Amazon’s Canadian site last week caused disclosure of the actual identities of thousands of anonymous book reviewers who’d posted critiques on the U.S. site using signatures like “a reader from New York.” Dave Eggers’ defense of his friend Heidi Julavits’ recent novel has precipitated considerable commentary. Ed speculates that Eggers also may have penned a defense of his wife Vendela Vida’s debut novel, although I suspect journalists reporting on the Julavits review would have checked Vida’s, too.

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