Thursday, May 11, 2006

Diversionary Thursday

Earlier this year, because people slobber like Pavlovian dogs (or cats) at the prospect of useless lists, the editor of the New York Times Book Review polled a couple hundred writers and asked them to vote on what one American novel was the best of the past 25 years, and the results are here:

The winner:

Toni Morrison's *Beloved*


DeLillo's *Underworld*

Updike's Rabbit Tetrology (*Run*, *Redux*, *Rich*, *Rest*)

McCarthy's *Blood Meridian*

Roth's *American Pastoral*

I can't argue with any. If you haven't read *Blood Meridian,* do. They also list novels that received multiple votes, and I only disagree with one, Mark Helprin's turgid *Winter's Tale,* though to be honest, I've never heard of Denis Johnson's *Jesus' Son.*

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I know it's still not Friday, but have some

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