Vital Signs

On the Death of Newspapers

This past week, word came to me that a close friend and book-review editor of a major daily newspaper had been laid off after 16 years of service. The book page, one of the nation’s best, would be reduced by half, and his “replacement” would be a youngster from the city desk, a competent young woman utterly inexperienced in book-review editing; her salary is considerably lower than my friend’s was.

R. Clay Reynolds

R. Clay Reynolds is a professor and director of creative writing at the University of Texas at Dallas. He is the author of more than 900 publications, including 13 books and 3 edited editions.

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