Jack Shafer, in Slate, bemoans “trendspotting articles,” particularly when they appear in “newsless August.”
Meanwhile, Ed Park thinks he sees a trend in Japanese American fiction. I’m not sure I understand exactly what trend he has identified, but maybe I’m just a bit thick after last night’s carousing.
Joy Press says publishing companies have been far too complacent about the potential for digital piracy of print works:
Bibliophiles find absurd the idea that people will ever abandon the sensuous pleasures of readingâ€”the smell of the paper, the heft of the bookâ€”for dematerialized text on a screen. But record collectors said the exact same thing about the compact disc, complaining about the sterile perfection of digital sound and the disappearance of lavish album sleeves. Since then, a new generation has emerged that is totally comfortable with the idea of music as disembodied, digitally encoded information.