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:
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