Times new release coverage

The New York Times appears to have adopted a new book coverage strategy: free advertising for publishers.

So far this week it’s run two “new releases” pieces that round up current offerings but dispense altogether with any pretense at criticism, apparently opting to parrot publishers’ PR brochures and draw more attention to high-performing shite like The Da Vinci Code and The Purpose Driven Life (in audio form).

I guess I’ll stop making fun of the alt-weeklies’ books content now. Even the worst Village Voice capsule reviews employ the language and markers of criticism, instead of serving as mere billboards for publishers.


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