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The Second Pass


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A while back, I was musing about the future of the book review in an online world, and whether as the print forums for reviewing folded, we would see the rise of new, online forums. What I missed then was the launch of The Second Pass, a new and extremely impressive online book review which attempts to merge the best of the old with some of the new. As its editor, John Williams, explains in his Editor’s Note:

“There are many very good literary blogs out there (several of them can be found on our Links page). But most of these feature writing by one person (and perhaps an occasional guest), and, understandably, aren’t always updated daily, blogs being a full-time job for very few people. My occasional byline will be just one of many in the reviews sections: Circulating, which will review newly released titles; and The Backlist, which will focus on older, sometimes unfairly neglected books.

“The Blog will be updated several times every weekday. It will include, among other features, links to noteworthy reviews published elsewhere, great opening sentences, book covers both lovely and horrific, excerpts from books we admire, “anti-blurbs,” and roundups of what’s happening on other blogs.”

Meanwhile, for those of you after yet more writing about books, Critical Mass’ Rigoberto Gonzalez offers a list of eight blogs about books and writing he thinks are indispensable. Some, such as Maud Newton’s, are likely to be familiar, others, such as Ron Silliman’s, may be less so, but they’re all worth a look. And closer to home, Meanjin now has a blog.

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  1. Well, hello! I am just dropping by looking for that earlier post too to assist with my own musings.

    Isn’t TSP just the bees’ knees? I love the layout, it’s beautiful – ‘circulating’, ‘the back list’, ‘the shelf’. Simply terrific.

    And I had failed to notice that notion of pointing to noteworthy reviews on TSP – I’ve just noticed, though, that Perry’s been doing that since 2005!! and some of his review combos are still high in the Google results. So much thanks.

    Goodness, the Meanjin blog has picked up steam quickly too, content is certainly going to rule there. (As it does here, of course, and congrats on your Griffith R. piece in The Age today.)

    April 25, 2009

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