Winfrey is great at getting people to buy books, but lousy at showing her audience how to read.
There are plenty of dull, insipid conversations with authors out there, but the form isn't worth writing off completely.
Even as print publications are getting rid of reviewers, websites and podcasts offer new ways of approaching literature.
Why do lovers of literature take such joy in criticizing the critics?
The erotic novel became a "New York Times" bestseller without a traditional publisher, thanks to word of mouth. Can we expect more hits from nowhere?
Understanding the literary world's recent obsession with communing with dead authors