via James Russell Ament
Technically, from what I've read, it isn't really a "death" nonsubscribers to the NYT can still get up to 20 articles a month gratis, after which access would be blocked. But the points made in the articles are at least interesting discussion starters.
Lovely supporting quotation with which I could not agree more:
If we believe that literary taste in America today is debased--weighted toward the transitory and derivative, rather than original advances in writing--then the Times bears its share of responsibility for propagating the collective delusion: for example, that Philip Roth is a writer worthy of the Nobel Prize, or that Jonathan Franzen is a writer in the league of Balzac.