Friday, June 4, 2010

New Yorker's 20 Under 40

I don't know many people who wouldn't want to be on the New Yorker's new list of the top twenty writers under 40 years old.  Ten men and ten women were chosen and, as the New York Times articles points out, they have very little in common.  Many are from outside of the United States and some are already well-established writers, like Joshua Ferris and Nicole Krauss.  I recognized about half of the people on the list, and am curious about the other half.  It must have been a really difficult process to choose these twenty individuals from a pool of thousands.  Ten years ago, the New Yorker's first list of top twenty writers under 40 years old debuted and included greats like Junot Diaz and Jhumpa Lahiri (who were virtually unknown at the time).  I know this new group must feel incredible pressure now to produce the 'Next Great American Novel,' but I wish them the best of luck and am excited to see where they will be in ten years. 

(Photo courtesy of weheartit's shellysblogger--I would love this bookshelf in our living room!)

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