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Magazine Announces Long-Awaited "10 Over 80" Writer's List

URSULA MAJORGOD. Can you BELIEVE the HACKS they put on this list of ten fiction writers 80 or older? It's all NEPOTISM and FRIENDS OF FRIENDS. Paula Fox? OMG so expected. So 2006! And who did BEVERLY CLEARY SLEEP WITH TO GET ON THIS LIST? I can't STAND IT! (Annnnd end sarcasm. No but seriously, people… omitting Ursula Le Guin? Hello? One of the greatest writers of our time of any age? I will kill you.)

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saythatscool (#101)

Paula Fox is Courtney Love's biological maternal grandmother?

I'm sorry, I cannot begin to process that.

I KNOW CAN YOU STAND IT?

C_Webb (#855)

I know! I was all "Oh yay Donleavy everyone should read The Onion Eaters" and then my head exploded.

(Seriously, though, everyone should read The Onion Eaters.)

Am I the only surprised to know Donleavy's alive?

Is enjoyment of The Onion Eaters dependent upon enjoyment of said vegetable?

saythatscool (#101)

@sorry: Absolutely. Just as your enjoyment of My Dark Places by James Ellroy is dependent on your enjoyment of power bottoming.

barnhouse (#1,326)

I love The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B the best. Love him but Brautigan? not useful comparison. He is a lot more like Waugh.

I nominate Jane Gardam (Old Filth what an amazing novel.)

@stc I guess I'll be skipping that one

Annie K. (#3,563)

Oh Gardam is so very good, the one after Old Filth especially. She gets better as she gets older. I still like Penelope Fitzgerald best but she's gone out beyond the boundaries of this list.

And 20 times cooler than that brat.

Pandemic Endemic (#3,825)

And here I thought I was the only one who even knew who Ursula K LeGuin was.

KILL 'EM DEAD, Choire (and then figure out what is going on in the oaks around the barn with me)!

wb (#2,214)

I'm voting to make Making Fun of Lists with Lists the meme of the week. Or month. However long it makes me laugh, really.

Also, no Patrick Leigh Fermor!

Screen Name (#2,416)

Oh Christ. Here comes this fucker here. Hey John, how are you? Saw where you made the Ward Six list. What a hoot! Yeah, I'm still plugging away. Well, heh, maybe I'll make the "Ten Over 90" list. There's still time! Righty-o, see you later… you miserable prick. I said, "I'm going to go sit." Bye now. Excuse me, waitress? Would you bring me an orange juice and a breakfast menu? Thank you, miss. Oh, fucking shoot me now. Just fucking shoot me now. Why helloooo Beverly, how are you dear? Well I was just talking to John about that list, congratulations. Oh, having a luncheon are you? For the whole list? Well, that's nice. Oh, yes, sure am. Writing every day. You know how it is, send 'em out and wait for the rejection letters to pile up. When they get about yay-high I take 'em…. oh, I see. Sure, you go right ahead. Good to see you. Waitress, can you cancel that orange juice? I'd like a bourbon, neat. Evan? Evan Connell? Thought so. Don't mind me. The folks you're lookin' for are right over there. Because I read lists, that's how. And I drink bourbon. Congrats. I'll have another bourbon miss. And a gin, too. Well, well, well, Mr. Donleavy! Cheers, sir! They're all over there. Over there back in the corner just waiting for ya. Go on! Join your fancy tribe of Old People on Writing Lists! I'm going to sit here and drink bourbon and gin just as soon as this nice young lady brings me another. Ho there! Paula Fox, you must be the adopted daughter of our little diner's burgeoning literary tribe. Heh. Adopted daughter, get it? Well, more's the pity. And no, I am not drunk. Not yet anyway. Wait a minute. Hey, hey look everybody! It's William Gaddis! Mr. Gaddis! Mr. Gaddis! What a coincidence. Did you know you're among those about your age been selected for some kind of big-time fancy writer list? Hahaha! I know it's Gass, you fat bastard. I'm just fucking with you! Go on, join your cohorts. Hey, sweetheart, bring another round, will ya? Not unless you can stuff the bacon and the eggs into a bottle, shake it up and make bourbon come out. 'cause I'm drin… Hello, Harper. Why, I'm fine, thank you. I'm rather surprised to see you here. So I heard. Where's Oprah? That so? Well, we all have our demons, don't we? Yep, good day to you, too. Sweetheart, do us both a favor and from time to time just take a look over and when you see it get below halfway just bring some more. It's not hard.

Bittersweet (#765)

*swoon*

After reading the list I promptly googled DeLillo's age.

Fran Manushkin (#5,299)

Shirley Hazzard–THE TRANSIT OF VENUS–not for the weak. Every sentence an image, an epigram, a story in itself.

#56 (#56)

No love for David Markson? pfffft!

Tulletilsynet (#333)

Charles Portis. Charles Portis.

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