Literary Sites and Journalist Blogs:
The Millions – informational literary site with a wide range of topics, including essays, interviews, reviews, and just-plain-fun-stuff.
The Rumpus – another wide-reaching literary site including reviews, comics, and Dan Weiss’s Morning Coffee.
Fiction Writers Review – “an online literary journal by, for, and about emerging writers.” Reviews, essays, interviews, blog. Founding Editor: Anne Stameshkin.
The Review Review – A review of literary magazines, interviews with editors and writers. Founded by Becky Tuch.
Page-Turner – the New Yorker book blog: “Criticism, contention, and conversation about books that matter.”
Tin House blog – Friday Flash, What We’re Reading, interviews, From the Vault, essays, and a variety of other offerings.
Brain Pickings – “A human-powered discovery engine for interestingness… to bring you things you didn’t know you were interested in until you are.”
Bloom – “A literary site devoted to highlighting, profiling, reviewing, and interviewing authors whose first major work was published when they were age 40 or older.”
Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading – “One story a week, each chosen by today’s best authors or editors.”
I Just Read About That – Librarian Paul Debrasky takes us along as he listens to and reads a fantastically broad array of musical and literary styles, subjects, artists, and points of view.
Reading the Short Story – Retired literature professor Charles May shares his views of various aspects of short stories old and new.
Perpetual Folly – by Cliff Garstang. Excellent literary blog, including his annual Litmag Rankings (by Pushcart Prizes).
The Mookse and the Gripes – by Trevor Berrett. Reviews of books and some short stories, with forums for The New Yorker fiction and major fiction awards.
Great Writers Steal – craft-oriented website aimed at writers who wish to understand when and why certain techniques work; by Ken Nichols.
Flash Fiction Net – by Randall Brown. Reading and writing advice specific to flash.
Elizabeth Creith’s Scriptorium – by, obviously, Elizabeth Creith. A look inside the life of a writer and artist, plus writing tips from Ampersand the cat.
Allison’s Book Bag – reviews of books for young people (from very very young to young adult), plus author interviews and other features.
Tools for Readers:
Shelf Awareness – A site (and twice-weekly free newsletter on request) about books and the book industry, in two flavors: for readers, and for book trade professionals. Includes reviews of new releases in all categories, and articles on everything book-related. Founded by publishing industry veterans John Mutter and Jenn Risko.
Goodreads – Book reviews by individual readers; contribute your opinion, and keep track of what you’ve read.
Tools for Writers:
Duotrope – Encyclopedic site of literary magazine listings, aimed at writers looking for submission requirements. Note: As of 1/1/13, this will be a paid service ($5/mo, $50/yr).
Just For Fun:
Bookshelf Porn – “A photoblog created to allow people to indulge their love of books, libraries, bookstores and bookcases by showcasing the best bookshelf photos from around the world.”
Slush Pile Hell – The slush pile reader doesn’t have an easy life, either, judging by the queries this anonymous literary agent has received. A hilarious diversion, next time you get a rejection letter.
Least Helpful: Daily Dispatches from the Internet’s Worst Reviewers – hilarious attempts at reviews by the clueless and sometimes scarily deranged. Please, may I never show up on this list.
I Write Like – just for fun, a parlor game for writers. Does your writing most resemble Stephen King, John Steinbeck, Herman Melville, H. P. Lovecraft, or one of a dozen or so other famous authors?
The Gender Guesser – another parlor game for writers. Is your writing more male, or female?