Remainders

  • Has Sven Birkerts’ call for a contemporary Partisan Review been answered? A new Brooklyn journal, n+1 reportedly “knocks both The New Republic and The Weekly Standard and denounces Dave Eggers and his crew at McSweeney’s and The Believer as a ‘regressive avant-garde’ whose stylistic innovations mask a prissy moralism.” Says the Boston Globe’s Joshua Glenn, a contributor to the first issue, “the sweet science of the literary brawl has been revivified.”
  • Congress recently voted not to repeal the part of the USA Patriot Act that allows the government to monitor Americans’ reading habits. “What clinched the vote was information provided by the Justice Department that a suspected terrorist had used e-mail services at a public library.”
  • Gawker posted the rumor last week, to no denials. On Friday, Microsoft confirmed that Slate, its online magazine, is up for sale. Potential buyers reportedly include The Washington Post and New York Times.
  • Nicholas D. Kristof on the Left Behind series: “we should be embarrassed when our best-selling books gleefully celebrate religious intolerance and violence against infidels.” (Via Bookninja.)

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