In response to the publishing world's troubles, historian and best-selling author Douglas Brinkley has floated what may be the most improbable bailout yet: a federal subsidy for book reviews. Brinkley told the Times, "Like public television, I think book review sections almost need to get subsidized to keep the intellectual life in America alive. … So if we can do that for radio and we could do it for television, why can't we do it for the book industry, which is suffering terribly right now?"Since this seems only "improbable," it makes it the least disappointing thing I read yesterday. Yesterday was a very bad day, even small measures of consolation are disappearing.
Not to mention this, this, and this: Image is everything, actual results are nothing.