Eternal optimist that I am, I had hoped that we were past the time when book pages were axed and book review editors were pruned away like so many dead branches. It's seems that I'm wrong. Just this week has seen the folding of almost all arts coverage at the Dallas Morning News; Charles Ealy and Jerome Weeks were asked to step aside. This morning I received an email from beloved Village Voice book review editor, Ed Parks, and he has not survived their latest round of layoffs, which is more than a huge misfortune for us all.
I won't naively ask why or childishly wonder what people value more than solid and intelligent arts coverage. I'll only, perhaps a little maudlinly, say goodbye. --Kathy