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Thursday, September 18, 2008

I can't believe Peter Jackson isn't there!

Esquire magazine is running a slide show of the editors' pick-list of the seventy-five most influential people of the 21st century on their website.

http://www.esquire.com/features/most-influential-21st-century-1008

And I am running this post mostly because I am so staggered at how few writers there are.

TWO!!!

Go through it, and see if you can correct me.

(It's not fair to count people who write books as a parttime kind of thing, like politicians and financiers.)

But they did include the founder of amazon.com . . .

And Rupert Murdock.

2 comments:

Bookman Beattie said...

Two authors, Michael Chabon and Dave Eggers. But Joan it is the sort of list you would expect Esquire to come up with. Northern Hemisphere/USA-centric. Few from the arts, apart from a few Hollywood actors. A disproportionate number from Massachusetts.
Like book prizes lists like these are often controversial but they do generate discussion.

Joan Druett said...

So my arithmetic was right! I was so stunned by the cast of unknowns that I wondered if I had missed a writer or two. I was also surprised that there were so few actors. Financiers seemed to dominate the field. I wonder if Esquire will feel the same way this time next week . . .