Monday, October 18, 2004
So I bought the New York Times yesterday, for the first time in ages, and I was kind of shocked to see that with the exception of the Hebrew Bible, the author of which is difficult to determine, all of the adult books reviewed in the Book Review were written by men. Of the four works of fiction and six works of non-fiction reviewed (seven if you count the new translation of the Torah), not one was written by a woman. It's true that there's a longish thought piece on Hannah Arendt's Eichmann in Jerusalem, but still. Reviews are clearly the meat of the section, and no woman was deemed worthy of review. Is that really an accurate reflection of women's contributions to the culture, or at least what the New York Times defines as the culture?