Private: Sexton considers critical impact of literary blogs

In an article published in last night’s Evening Standard (London) and syndicated by The Scotsman, David Sexton characterizes the “rise of the literary weblog” as last year’s “most intriguing literary event”:

A year ago I rarely looked at blogs. Now I do most days – not only are they highly informative, they also create a sense of odd community across continents and time zones. Reading is a fundamentally solitary activity, which is why readers seek other readers, trying to create a sense that they are participating in a shared activity.

In the last year or so, literary bloggers have begun to take the place of the little magazines and have subtly tilted the entire critical climate.

He mentions this site alongside some favorites.