Today’s edition of the New York Times Book Review is a repulsive pretender, titled “The Food Issue” and devoted entirely — yes, every single article — to books about food. I spent about twelve seconds with the issue before concluding that I have no interest in reading any of it.
Last week the Book Review graced us with an all-fiction issue — most of the articles were dull, but it was good to see so many new novels covered. Now I see that "concept issues" are going to be a continuing plague at the Book Review, and I also see that the fiction-book category is only equal to the food-book category in the mind of editor Sam Tanenhaus. Fiction books, food books … they’re all books, right? Blah.