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  •  I liked gilead... (1+ / 0-)
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    It's the only one I read...  A little slow, but an interesting character study.

    My favorite woman author is probably Octavia butler.

    I also like Donna tart a lot.  I've liked some lessing too.

    I'm surprised Alice walker didn't make the list above although the only book I read, color purple, I thought to be over rated.  I should really read handmaids tale again as it has been forever.  Not a big fan of Tyler or proulx.  I liked the Byatt book I read and the collection of short stories by lahiri.

    I suppose you're right about the awards in the future going to more women, but I still feel a personal bias towards male authors...  I don't know why and I know there has been a lot of ink spilled on the subject alon with a healthy dose of chauvinism.

    Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends. - Gandalf the Grey

    by No Exit on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 11:35:55 AM PDT

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    •  Don't know Octavia Butler, though I've noticed she (1+ / 0-)
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      wins Hugos and Nebulas. Don't know Donna Tartt either.

      I've enjoyed a couple of Byatts and a couple of Lahiris.

      I suppose you're right about the awards in the future going to more women, but I still feel a personal bias towards male authors...  I don't know why and I know there has been a lot of ink spilled on the subject alon with a healthy dose of chauvinism.
      Thanks for your frankness. Perhaps it's just that you've had a lot more favorite male authors - easy enough to do, as more of the great writers have been male, for reasons I addressed in the diary.

      I think there are differences between male and female authors, especially if you go back before 1900. The commonest difference cited is that many men can't write credible women. I see much more than that: Different areas of interest, different perspectives. But it's impossible to tease apart which differences are innate, and which are social constructs.

      I would say that the finest novelists can write convincingly from many viewpoints, and make a point of doing so.

      I normally ignore any comments depending from my tip jar. It just seems poor form to jump the queue, when others arrived earlier and commented so far downstream. I'd have replied to you elsewhere, but this was your only comment. I know you meant nothing by it. So, I get persnickety.

      "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

      by Brecht on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 10:06:18 PM PDT

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