December 15th, 2010 / 1:28 pm

@ The New York Observer, Matthew Hunte weighs in on the newly printed 20 Under 40: Stories from the New Yorker anthology: “Instead of highlighting new talent, they inadvertently end up championing precocity and nurturing a culture where early recognition and promise are conflated with achievement.”


  1. a reader

      The reference, by way of title, to Bowie’s song of the same name–“Oh You Pretty Things,” makes me think that this whole write-up is a castoff of something never quite clarified. Mostly, it reads like a gesture. Perhaps that’s all it has to be, yet I also believe that if one moves from praise to the beginning of a theory that “late-bloomers” have been neglected, that they should also present a way in which we can either talk more about or attempt to better include said lot. A weigh-in, yes, but lightweight.

  2. Jhon Baker


  3. P. H. Madore

      Eh–what an asshole!