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Monday, August 17, 2009

Levinson: The Vanishing Book Review in Student-Edited Law Reviews

Sanford Levinson (Texas) has published The Vanishing Book Review in Student-Edited Law Reviews and Potential Responses, 87 Tex. L. Rev. 1205 (2009):

[T]he truly dismaying shrinkage of the book review issue published at the University of Michigan—which is ostensibly, almost ostentatiously, committed to the importance of the book-review enterprise—is symptomatic of a truly national disease. In the remainder of this brief and informal Essay, I will first offer some data substantiating my concern and then offer some of my observations as to the baleful consequences of what the data reveals.

https://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2009/08/levinson-.html

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Perhaps the vanishing book review is part of the larger problem of the vanishing book. I recently learned that a colleague was writing a new treatise from scratch and it occurred to me that I couldn't remember the last time this had happened. There is a large number of law books but many or most are essentially long articles--what used to be called monographs. I don't think this will change until we leave the culture of blogs and downloads and think more in terms of long-term contribution.

Posted by: mike livingston | Aug 17, 2009 9:16:32 AM