Absolutely wonderful piece on John Gardner and his The Sunlight Dialogues by Charles Johnson. Gardner's gravity snagged me, too, a couple years ago when I first read Grendel and then The Art of Fiction; he's become one of my brightest guiding lights, blinding sometimes in the glare.
The difficulties of Kelly Link. She's one of my favorite contemporary authors, and someone I think Gardner would enjoy very much.
Inside the writer's brain. A panoramic view of Will Self's office.
Dave Cockrum, dead at 63. At least he went out in style.