- Stan Lee comments on Marvel becoming Disney’s bitch.
- Entertainment Weekly offers A Geek’s Guide to 20 Fall Movies, starting with Carriers.
- SciFi Wire has posted a Map of 68 Must-See Sci-Fi Sights found around the U.S.
- At Wired.com, Clive Thompson discusses the New Literacy of the Internet, observing that “young people today write far more than any generation before them. That’s because so much socializing takes place online, and it almost always involves text.”
- Interview: The Agony Column interviews Peter S. Beagle, Karen Joy Fowler, Michael Swanwick, and M. Rickert all in one podcast to celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine.
- Interview: The Dragon Page interviews Jane Lindskold, author of Nine Gates.
- Interview: Lucienne Diver interviews PN Elrod. editor of Strange Brew.
- Interview: Qtv asks legendary book designer Chip Kidd Are Books Dead? Short Answer: No. Long Answer: Only if Apple start designing e-book readers.
- The Chronicle thinks that Google’s Book Search is going to be A Disaster for Scholars, but I can’t see how having a single platform for the digitization of books could possibly be a bad thing for scholars.
- Wired wonders Why E-Books Look So Ugly.
- Entertainment Weekly profiles Joss Whedon: Master of cult TV.
- Is Contemporary Fiction the next big thing in Video Games?
Last week, Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians, ignited the blogosphere with his OpEd piece Good Books Don’t Have to Be Hard. Since then, the responses have been cropping up everywhere:
- Andrew Seal called it An Advertisement for Himself.
- Catherynne M Valente says Good Books Don’t Have to Be Easy, Either.
- Cheryl Morgan pronounces Grossman Puts the Knife In.
- Edward Champion says Good Books Don’t Have to Be Read.
- Evil Monkey proclaims You Like Us, You Really Like Us.
- J F Quackenbush discusses Plot Genre and the Pulp Fiction Boondoggle.
- Matt Cheney exclaims It’s a Plot!
- Patrick Nielsesn Hayden is horrified: Oh No Lev Grossman No.