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Best Work of Fiction?
A Letter to the New York Times

May 2006

To the editor, New York , Times Books.

Dear sir:

To suggest that it would be possible to name one single book "the best work of American Fiction of the Last 25 Years" is demeaning to all authors by its implication that art can be measured, or voted upon, or decreed by a somewhat arbitrarily chosen cadre of voting "judges." Further insulting is the implication that only one work of many is worthy of such elevation. For there to be even the semblance of authenticity, every one of the "judges" would have to have read every single work of fiction produced during that time, not just those apparently already decreed contestants by nature of their having been reviewed favorably in the New York Times Book Review.

Yours truly,
John Rechy


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