R.I.P. John Updike and the WaPo Book World

Today there are two big stories circulating the lit-blog universe: John Updike is dead, and so is, according to rumor, the Washington Post Book World.

We're having some really bad weather up here in the northeast, so Birnbaum's long-awaited talk with Lawrence Weschler has also been killed.

However, Birnbaum recommends you check out Weschler's chat with author Kyle Minor in The Rumpus.

Also, an article on self-publishing from the NY Times begins by forecasting of the death of sustainable readership: "The point may soon come when there are more people who want to write books than there are people who want to read them."

That could already be true about blogs.

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