15 May 2006


How depressing that the New York Times Book Review survey plumped for something by worthy-but-dull Toni Morrison as best work of American fiction in the last 25 years.

Honestly, you'd think that these slave-to-correctitude choices could be better camouflaged after all these years of trotting this sort of rubbish out.

And Belovèd??

Beyond sneering.

Also-rans appear to have included

  • Phil Roth’s “American Pastoral"
  • DeLillo's “Underworld”
  • Cormac McCarthy's “Blood Meridian"
  • Updike's "Rabbit Angstrom"

    so perhaps the whole affair was askew from the off.

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