Women in TIME Magazine’s “100 Best Novels Written Since 1923”

Why 1923? Self has no idea. She is sure it has something to do with the groundbreaking publication of xxxx, whatever that book is. So, self peruses the list, which is arranged alphabetically by book title, to see how many women are on it. And below are the books self found.  Time published the list in 2005 :

  1. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume
  2. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
  3. The Blind Assassin, by Margaret Atwood
  4. Death Comes for the Archbishop, by Willa Cather
  5. The Death of the Heart, by Elizabeth Bowen
  6. The Golden Notebook, by Doris Lessing
  7. Gone With the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
  8. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, by Carson McCullers
  9. Housekeeping, by Marilynne Robinson
  10. The Man Who Loved Children, by Christina Stead
  11. Mrs. Dalloway, by Virginia Woolf
  12. Play It As It Lays, by Joan Didion
  13. Possession, by A. S. Byatt
  14. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, by Muriel Spark
  15. Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
  16. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
  17. To the Lighthouse, by Virginia Woolf
  18. Under the Net, by Iris Murdoch
  19. White Teeth, by Zadie Smith
  20. Wide Sargasso Sea, by Jean Rhys

Well, that’s it:  20 books by women in the Time Magazine List of “100 Best Novels Written Since 1923.”

Zora Neale Hurston, Jean Rhys, Zadie Smith and Toni Morrison are the only women of color on this list. Self has no problem with any of those four but, come on!

Virginia Woolf appears twice, and self can’t say she really enjoys reading her.

Stay tuned.

Brain Cloud: Rain, Beagles, Dearest Mum, Dearest Cuz, and “300” !

It rained copiously. Again. Really, this is too much. Self is beginning to consider the weather a personal affront.

Today, self knew she’d be having to spend the whole day out of the house, so she thoughtfully left the back door open for the li’l crits. And when she returned, late afternoon, although both beagles were snuggled peacefully on their beds, the house was permeated with the awful stink of — yup, you guessed it: wet dog fur.

So, first self tried spraying the upholstery with her handy aerosol Resolve spray. Waited ten minutes. No good. She summarily picked up the doggy beds, and they were each so coated with doggy fur that she decided right then and there to throw them both into the trash. So now the li’l crits will just have to snuggle together on the hardwood floor (Did anyone every tell you that beagles shed — copiously? Apparently, Maltese and poodles do not shed, even though they have beautiful, silky hair. Beagles, on the other hand, in spite of having no hair — or almost no hair — to speak off, are constantly shedding. Shedding and shedding and shedding. In her next life, self will get a poodle. An enormous poodle, like the one she met in Washington two weeks ago. Preferably black. An intelligent animal, that will not be constantly whining and yipping and will not shed.)

So today, self’s horoscope said that she must “dig deep.” She doesn’t know what that means exactly, except that she’s been trying to reach Dearest Mum for almost Read the rest of this entry »

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