From The Observer, from student rag to literary riches: Launched in 1979 under the inspired "lunacy" of Bill Buford, Granta magazine became the home of vital new writing and launched the careers of some of our greatest novelists, and as it celebrates its 100th issue, editors past and present how a tiny Cambridge journal rose to conquer the literary world; and small is beautiful: An article on the best new journals. Lack of venues and a paucity of critical writing are Digging the grave of the book review: Book reviewing is dead; long live the book review! From The Walrus, Apocalypse Soon: An article on the future of reading. Remembrance of Things Unread: The books we receive as gifts may fill our shelves, but not necessarily our minds. An epilogue to empty pages: A review of My Unwritten Books by George Steiner. The library’s helpful sage of the stacks: Most writers remember how they first met David Smith, whose business card reads "Librarian to the Stars". Readings to put you off books: Too many academics have abandoned clarity and enthusiasm for cliquey obscurity.

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