I'd have to be living under a proverbial rock to miss the n+1/litblogger controversy. Which, as far as I'm concerned, is an embarrassment to the entire litblogging community.
After Garth Risk Hallberg's response to n+1's article hit The Millions, I tried to acquire a copy in order to see what all the fuss was about. Unfortunately, the stretch of highway I happened to be on only allowed access to a Barnes & Noble and Borders, the two worst places to find literary magazines not called The Paris Review or Glimmer Train.
At B&N, I reluctantly slinked over to the information desk when I couldn't find n+1 in the magazine racks. I still hold a small grudge against this particular store because of the time an employee sniggered at my book choices. Information called over the magazine manager, and he looked at me like I had two heads when I asked for n+1. If I can help it, I will never go to this store again.
I didn't even bother asking for help at Borders because their magazine selection was thin overall, no one was at the information desk, and no employees were walking around. In a retail store, I should not have to hunt down an employee. Their livelihood depends on customers, so they ought to be eager to help everyone inside spend money.
As a result, I haven't read "The Blog Reflex" and cannot comment on it. However, I have read The New York Inquirer's interview with Keith Gessen (here). And all the litblogger posts and comments at The Millions (here, here, and here), The Elegant Variation (here), and Return of the Reluctant (here, here, here, and here). And the group discussions at Long Sunday (here) and The Valve (here and here).
The ones who come out looking bad, due to unnecessary roughness, are the litbloggers. To make matters worse, this small, petty argument is being mislabeled as "n+1 vs. litbloggers" in many places. A few rash complainers do not comprise the whole of a community even if they are often cited as the representative sample. Popularity also does not necessarily signify quality. Though, as a fellow litblogger, I am embarrassed for all of us.