Okay, so Beloved was the best American fiction work of the past 25 years. That’s swell. Now I’m not one to flout the P.C. cause too much, but Morrison is only one of two women on the list. What’s up with that? Surely there’s more great fiction by women the last 25 years than just those two books — especially since women read a lot more fiction than men.
How’d that happen? Well, it might have something to do with the list of judges for the project. I’m not sure about all the names, but of 124 people on the list, I count 28 women — not much better than 20 percent. Seems to me the people being asked had more to do with the result than any definition of “best” — objective or subjective.