Aug 20, 2015 3:11 AM GMT
I'm posting this out of general curiosity. Little while ago, the NYT along with some others came out with a "Must read summer reading list," and the literary community, as a whole, was not happy.
Why? Because the lists, each around 25 titles long, featured two women and no people of color.
Additionally, the most recent winner of the nobel prize, Patrick Madrino, wrote about (*yawn*) france during WW2. Nothing against France or the European theatre, but I know that I am tired about hearing about the same narrative. What about the Tuskegee airmen? What about the Pacific Theatre? What about the Japanese Internment camps? What about China and the rape of Nanking? What about North Africa?
Recently, I decided to spend a period reading authors who were neither white nor male, although I have made a couple of exceptions (I just finished reading Marina Keegan's "The Opposite of Loneliness" and have Kate Bornstein's "Queer and Pleasant Danger" on my next at bat, after "The Kitchen God's Wife" by Amy Tan). But I want to know--do people here read nonwhite fiction? I am trying to trudge through Jonathan Safran Foer's "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," and while it has its merits, I find that I am constantly dealing with the trope of a white protagonist who sounds predictably like my idea of his author, and at some point involves a manic pixie dream girl--but I digress.
Do you guys like to read people from cultures that are different than yours? If so, do you have any recommendations? What did it do for you, if anything?