Last Itzkoff-y post ever (or at least until he sins again). Curtis Brown agent Ginger Clark responds in a letter to the NYTBR (scroll to fourth letter). It’s a thing of beauty:
More disappointing, Itzkoff’s reading list, which appeared on the Web, contains only two works written within the last 15 years and not a single one by a woman. Where are the novels of Ursula K. LeGuin, Lois McMaster Bujold, Alice Sheldon (a k a James Tiptree Jr.) and the recently departed Octavia E. Butler? I very much hope he has read ”The Left Hand of Darkness” and ”The Parable of the Sower.” And will Itzkoff ever touch on fantasy in his column? Or are those books even more humiliating to read? I’d better hide my George R. R. Martin and Gene Wolfe right now — someone on the F train might think badly of me! Please, Book Review: There is nothing wrong with science fiction.