A Series of Unfortunate Lists

Ah, the fine art of comparison. Who knew litblogging was such a locker room-worthy activity? Well, OK… everyone.

This year alone we’ve had the New Yorker’s favorite 20 writers under 40, which spawned lists of 20 More Under 40, Over 40 Over 40, 50 Over 50, and 10 Over 80—all of which starts sounding like a lot of really bad blood pressure readings. Recently we also got a rundown of the 15 Most Overrated Contemporary American Writers, which in turn generated lists of the most overrated writers worldwide, and then the inevitable backlash of the most underrated writers in the United States, the U.K. and Canada.

Ordinarily I’d be loathe to enter this fray. But the glaring omission here is keeping me up nights, and we can’t have that. So I submit, for the list-loving public:

A Writer Who Is Getting Exactly the Right Amount of Acclaim Who Is 40.

Congratulations, Daniel Handler! Please contact the Like Fire offices about picking up your prize.

(Photo: Jeff Chiu/Associated Press)


2 Comments to A Series of Unfortunate Lists

  1. August 29, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

    Perfect. Now, how about a list of Litbloggers who could always use a little more appreciation and are, let’s say, somewhere in their forties…

  2. August 30, 2010 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    Excellent roundup! Thank you for wading through all of that to make this list of lists!

    “all of which starts sounding like a lot of really bad blood pressure readings”


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