Sunday, January 09, 2005

And one more gripe

I haven't found a link to post to, since the online "Editors' Choice" at the NYTBR seems rather more ecumenical, but the print version just made me have a majorly Cupcake moment. So this is the print list of the editors' "other recent books of particular interest": David Riggs, World of Christopher Marlowe; Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan, De Kooning biography; Amoz Oz, A Tale of Love and Darkness; Michael Kauffman's biography of John Wilkes Booth; the New Yorker Cartoons book; selected letters of Tennessee Williams; Richard Overy's book about Hitler and Stalin; Max Hastings book about the last stages of WWII; George Plimpton's "The Man in the Flying Lawn Chair" (self-explanatory); Warren St John's "Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer: A Journey into the Heart of Fan Mania"; and Bob Cowser's "Dream Season: a Professor Joins America's Oldest Semi-Pro Football Team." DOES ANYTHING STRIKE YOU ABOUT THIS LIST OF CHOICES?!?! It's not that I think these lists really have a major impact. But come on, guys. Could this be more male-slanted? And why no books on science, psychology, biology--the stuff that's really good and where I don't care if the authors/subjects are male or female? This focus on sports, American political history and male-dominated Arts and Letters (Marlowe, De Kooning, Oz and Williams are cool and all, but STILL...) is really alienating.

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