The dirty little secret of the publishing industry is that virtually every new work of fiction and nonfiction hitting the market today is a piece of garbage. Publishers have always had a strategy of throwing a lot of spaghetti at the wall and hoping that something sticks. Today, for a variety of reasons, nothing’s sticking. The spaghetti is uncooked, stale, flavorless, or all three. It’s enough to make a serious reader cry. So why are books uniformly lousy?