The paper of record has just released its “100 Notable Books of 2010.” It includes Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom (surprise!); Chang-Rae Lee’s The Surrendered (an incredible book that was a bit overlooked); Siddhartha Mukherjee’s The Emperor of All Maladies (which is currently buzzing like crazy); and Something Red by Jennifer Gilmore, among many others.
How many have you read? Do you agree with most of their picks? Did they leave off some of your favorites? Did the include some books you think are clunkers? Which ? We’d love to hear in the comments below.
It’s Friday, so we thought we’d leave you with something light and fun to do over the weekend. This week, we’ve had much talk at PWxyz about the most under- and overrated writers, subjects both sore and fun. We came up with a cool and still-debated list of underrated writers.
But now here’s a more complicated question: who are the most accurately-rated living writers in America, the ones who deserve whatever reputation they have garnered, be it good or bad. We’re talking about writers who, because they’re written good books and behave admirably, are generally admired, or who, because their books are bad and/or they act like jerks, are generally scorned.
Frankly, it’s hard to think of writers in this category, perhaps because literary reputations are made by over- or underrating. But let’s try, and let’s not take it too seriously, and let’s have some fun. Here’s one to start us off, and then it’s on to you in the comments:
- Elizabeth Strout. She won the Pulitzer for Olive Kitteridge after writing two great books followed by a third that’s even better. She’s also a lovely, accessible prose-stylist and by all accounts a nice person in the spotlight.
What are you reading?
Seriously, what are you reading right now?
As questions go, “What are you reading?” is a great conversation starter, and a great way to quickly figure out whether the person sitting across from you is worth your time. And it’s just interesting information. Let’s turn this blog, if only for a few minutes, into a kind of NYC subway of the internet, where we can steal glances at other people’s book jackets and e-readers.
In the comments below, tell us what you’re reading right now. Perhaps we’ll glean some interesting observations from the list we end up with. Perhaps not, but there’s only one way to find out.
So here’s a start:
Craig Teicher is reading THE BLACK INTERIOR by Elizabeth Alexander (Graywolf), MR. PEANUT by Adam Ross (Knopf), and LEAVES OF GRASS: The 1860 Facsimile Edition by Walt Whitman, and WEATHERCRAFT by Jim Woodring. He’s also playing way too much of an iPhone game called ANGRY BIRDS, but that’s for another blog.