I’m a bit late getting to novelist (and occasional January contributor) Tracy Quan’s (Diary of a Married Call Girl) very reasoned response to what I’m now inclined to call the Dowd Debacle, Maureen Dowd’s NYT column that blasted chick lit and sent a firestorm raging through the blogosphere.

On her blog, Quan makes several very good points, but I’ll only excerpt one of them:

What I’m getting from Maureen’s column, and her conversation with Leon, is a feeling that books should be more precious and readers more aspirational. This is bizarre coming from a newspaper columnist.

You can see the balance of Quan’s good points here. ◊

Linda L. Richards is the editor of January Magazine and the author of several books.

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