Sunday, August 25, 2013

James Patterson: wants to dine with Angelina Jolie, but only reads dudes

A while ago I excoriated Kevin Powers for his poor showing in the NYTBR column "By the Book." Today's column featured James Patterson. Awesome! After all, he's got a whole series about women - The Women's Murder Club series - so surely we can expect a peek into his reading list to be peppered with inspiring women, right?

Well, let's see how our buddy James did today. Remember, all we're doing is checking to see how many male versus female authors (filmmakers, poets, etc.) are mentioned in the responses to questions like "Whom do you consider the best thriller writers of all time" and "If you could meet any writer, dead or alive, who would it be?"

Okay. Counting, counting....ouch!  James, my man, you come in with 25 men and only 3 women - one of whom was Angelina Jolie, who you want to have "dinner" with. (Presumably the conversation would be literary? Or...not?) I'm even spotting you those references to Klee, Chagall and Peter Pan. At least you know slightly more ladies than good old Kevin Powers - 10.7% versus his rather more poor showing of, well, zero percent.

Look, I'm not trying to humiliate any of you guy writers. I mean, my own brother copped to a bias last time, but at least he vowed to be more mindful about his reading choices in the future. That's all I'm asking. Just...think for a minute.

I mean, what if your daughter wants to grow up to work with words? Wouldn't you like her to have a fair shake? I know I would. Speaking of which...

Yesterday, my baby girl started college. Here she is, all moved in to her freshman dorm, and flanked by her loving family. She's going to thrive - and woe to anyone who gets in her way. Littlefield women don't cotton to being told no. :)


GunDiva said...

I love that you're doing this - I find it interesting.

Congrats to Junior on starting school.

Laura Benedict said...

Yay, Baby Girl! She's going to rock it, and so are you!