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What does your favorite author say about you?

Jason Kottke of Kottke.org posted about Lauren Leto’s nerdy, bookish post Stereotyping People by Their Favorite Author in December and it’s too good to not share here.

Here are some favorite funny ones:

Stephenie Meyer
People who type like this: OMG. Mah fAvvv <3 <3. Jonathan Safran Foer
30somethings who were cool when they were 20something.

Chuck Klosterman
Boys who don’t read.

Chuck Palahniuk
Boys who can’t read.

Haruki Murakami
People who like good music.

Charles Dickens
Ninth graders who think they’re going to be authors someday but end up in marketing.

Harper Lee
People who have read only one book in their life and it was To Kill A Mockingbird (and it was their assigned reading in the ninth grade).

Nick Hornby
Guys who wear skinny jeans and the girls that love them.

Vladimir Nabokov
Men who use words like ‘dubious’ and ‘tenacity’.

Friedrich Nietzsche
Sommeliers.

Thomas Pynchon
People who used to be fans of J.D. Salinger.

Tama Janowitz
Cougars who went to an urban college in the 80s.

Alice Sebold
People who liked Gilmore Girls – even in the first season.

Nicole Krauss
Girls who intern at Nylon but end up moving back to the Midwest for their real job.

Stieg Larsson
Girls who are too frightened to go skydiving.

Seth Grahame-Smith
People who own a smart phone which requires a stylus to use it.

Michael Pollan
The girl who just turned vegan to cover up her eating disorder.

Virginia Woolf
Female high-school French teachers who have their master’s degree.

Albert Camus
People who went to art school after “trying it out” at a public university.

Kurt Vonnegut
People who played Creep by Radiohead while having sex or smoking pot.

Now, I can’t claim to have a favorite author. Favorite books, perhaps. But picking a favorite author is close to impossible, and I am a fickle reader; I find no qualms in unabashedly loving an author’s book and then dismissing his next. I don’t read by genre (well not really) so choosing between, say, Vikram Chandra and Theresa Hak Jyung Cha, A.S. Byatt and Edwidge Danticat, Paul Auster and Jane Austen, Sarah Waters and Steig Larsson, or John Berger and Jonathan Safran Foer is like choosing a favorite band. Really hard…

How about you? Do you have a favorite author (and what does that say about you?) and what was your favorite book of 2009?

Happy New Year!

Hannah
Entertainment Marketing Manager

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