The answer is: YES YES YES YES YES. The book is incredible. Everyone buy 16 copies.
(No. No she has not)
Guess the Author Based on the New York Times’ Breathless Physical Description
Recently, the New York Times published a profile of literary agent Luke Janklow, drawing attention to his “eyes the color of cornflowers.” A separate Times Style section story on Dagmara Dominczyk (author of the recently released The Lullaby of Polish Girls) made note of her “sculpted lips.”
Such details always jump out at me in literary profiles in a funny way—maybe because I’m still a little bitter that the New York Times failed to mention the height of my cheekbones or my deep, cerulean blue eyes when they profiled me in the Style section last year.
I combed the Times archives to find some of the more novel ways writers have been described. See if you can match the writers below with their descriptions in the Times:
- E. L. James A. Wearing Ugg boots
- Dagmara Dominczyk B. Trim with a habitual slouch
- Jon-Jon Goulian C. Girlish with shoulder-length brown hair
- Jonathan Franzen D. Features chiseled into Mount Literature
- Rachel Kushner E. A sandy-haired Clark Kent
- George Saunders F. A little stern, as if he just stepped out of a tent at Antietam
- Malcolm Gladwell G. The relaxed intensity of a ballet dancer
- Suzanne Collins H. A robust, Mephistophelian goatee
- James Patterson I. Impossibly high cheekbones
- G. R. R. Martin J. The boyish handsomeness of Clark Kent
- Austin Ratner K. Like a rotund elf or Santa Claus
- David Foster Wallace L. Slight, shoeless
- Mark Leyner M. A small woman with fine features and long, flowing hair
- Michael Chabon N. Plump
- Lorrie Moore O. Body toned like an Olympic swimmer’s
The New York Times Notable List 2012
T.C. Boyle’s amazing SAN MIGUEL is on the list, in case you want to feel better about whatever horrible winter weather you’re suffering through.
She was coughing, always coughing, and sometimes she coughed up blood.