AUGUST 6, 1997
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Get the Lit Vote!
the lame list:
Tries To Be "Unique"
Then, in a "make-nice" move, the P.I. "ties" four books for FOURTH PLACE, & five books for FIFTH PLACE. This is the classic democratization fallacy. And it shows. In the middle of their list are interesting, but fairly bland books
, while some brilliant gems are relegated to the land of contention, and the bottom of the list.
We're skipping their extended farce, and from their "ties" picking our
- SOMETIMES A GREAT NOTION, Ken Kesey.
Do they include any mention of his later failures like Sailor Song, and how the Merry Pranksters might have contributed to that fall? But of course not. He's a great writer, not our own washed-up Falstaff.
- A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT, Norman Maclean.
It seems there was no space in their article to mention the power and sadness of Young Men & Fire, perhaps a better parable of the Northwest struggle between man and nature.
- SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS, David Guterson.
What about the fact that Guterson has largely turned into a national voice, perhaps because there simply aren't many good Northwest magazines that can publish him? No mention of this either.
(Don't worry -- we don't complicate this by adding our own picks to this already much too codified collection. All books listed appeared somewhere in the P.I. article, such as it was.)
4. WHERE I'M CALLING FROM, Raymond Carver.
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5. MAKING CERTAIN IT GOES ON , Richard Hugo.
6. THE JUMP OFF CREEK, Molly Gloss.
7. THIS HOUSE OF SKY, Ivan Doig.
8. THE LONE RANGER AND
TONTO FISTFIGHT IN HEAVEN, Sherman Alexie.
9. HOUSEKEEPING, Marilynne Robinson.
10. ANOTHER ROADSIDE ATTRACTION,
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