People are obviously reading too much these days. That must be why one critic felt the need to list the 15 writers (9 of them women) we should all stop reading right now.
Anis Shivani’s Huffington Post list of “The 15 Most Overrated Contemporary American Writers” is clearly meant to offend, and it succeeds. Fans of The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, for instance, may be incensed to find Junot Diaz’s work dismissed under the heading “Abuelas and Hijas,” or his writerly tone described as “ear-shattering ghetto volume.”
Yep — an in-depth examination into Dominican-American identity, both male and female, with strands of history, heartbreak, coming-of-age, violence, family, love and “magical realism” totally screams “ghetto volume.”
Hey Anis Shivani — WTF?!