Private: Two-book deals, and more

Robert McCrum says writers should think twice before signing a five-figure, two-book deal when publishing their first novel. (Via Bookslut.)

“America, remember, is supposed to be the young country, hallowed home of youth culture. Yet the people who edit its biggest, most prestigious newspapers are seasoned, going on geriatric, by most British standards: Generation X at least squared,” according to MediaGuardian. (Via Romanesko.)

The Miami Herald celebrates the “eccentrics, geniuses and misfits” it has embraced over the years. (Also via Romanesko.)