I have read none of the books on the recently released New York Times list of the 'best works of American literature published in the last 25 years'. This makes me feel inadequate, so naturally I seek for alternative explanations that will place the blame squarely on the list, as opposed to on myself.
After a little digging, I find one. Via The Elegant Variation I found this mediabistro rant. The New York Times surveyed a list of a couple hundred a couple of hundred prominent "writers, critics, editors". But those judges are entirely old media. No bloggers! We have been snubbed!
I nominate myself as the conductor of a similar survey among authorities of the blogosphere. I will be emailing prominent literary weblog owners and asking them to nominate "the single best work of American fiction published in the last 25 years." Criteria for inclusion: you must have a blog that writes about books.
Or, since this is an inclusive era, you can add a comment or email me at mapletree spam @geocities.com. Identify yourself by your online screenname and 'site' of residence and I will include your vote.
May the best book win!