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New Toronto Review of Books reviews Twitter, among other things

The London Review of Books touts itself as having “stood up for the tradition of the literary and intellectual essay in English.”  The New York Review of Books is a space where “the most interesting and qualified minds of our time…discuss current books and issues in depth.” Launching today, the Toronto Review of Books is an online quarterly which “aims to combine the miscellany of blogging with the editorial rigour of traditional print media.” In the inaugural edition: a pair of podcasts hosted by CBC Radio’s David Michael Lamb, poetry by an Icelandic MP and sundry pieces discussing art, film, books (Android Karenina is reviewed), mean reviews, restaurants and, um, Twitter in Toronto. In her opening letter, editor Jessica Duffin Wolfe writes that the site “is here to reaffirm the value of talking about books” in an age of potential library cuts and ignorant cracks about Margaret Atwood. But the site’s mandate goes beyond mere books to “writing code for a beautiful website, or crafting an enthralling meme.” Colour us optimistic but not quite sold yet. Check out the website »

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