* Ursula K. Le Guin takes on Slate (which printed the statement that "Michael Chabon has spent considerable energy trying to drag the decaying corpse of genre fiction out of the shallow grave where writers of serious literature abandoned it") and takes no prisoners here.
* There are two syndicated blogs I've recently discovered that I'd like to recommend. One is daily_dickinson, a blog for your daily dose of poetry by Emily Dickinson, and the other is bronteblog, a blog dedicated to the world of the Brontës.
The monster laid its squamous hand on her, and the ring branded her like a burning coal. Genre breathed its corpse-breath in her face, and she was lost.
- the great Ursula K. Le Guin