Entertainment Weekly has published one of those all-lists issues that claims to identify "The New Classics" in various genres of the arts; their list of the Top 100 books of the last 25 years is here.
As usual, it's plenty silly and there's lots of room for argument, starting with the complete omission of Richard Ford (not my favorite, but probably better than 25% of the writers on the list). Probably more egregious, to me: not one Richard Russo title? Scott Turow, yes, but Walter Mosley, no? (Credit where credit is due: it's great to see Ruth Rendell there.)
Can one really argue a spot for Dan Brown's The DaVinci Code and not Katherine Dunn's Geek Love, or Joshua Ferris' Then We Came to the End?
Whatever. After all, EW's "Top 100" TV list manages to squeeze in Baywatch, Saved By the Bell, and The Bachelor, but omits Hugh Wilson and Tim Reid's masterpiece Frank's Place, which should not only make the list, but be in the Top 10. That's as big a mistake as any of the literary ones. Come to think of it, it is a literary mistake.