On June 2nd, 2010, the New York Times released its “20 under 40” list of writers to watch. The NY Times didn’t mention anything about actually reading their work, so I’m safe for now. Even though I’ve read the works of those on the list—Jonathan Safran Foer and Junot Díaz, for example—my head hurts, so I can’t and won’t read anymore. Not even in Spanish unless my latin lover makes me read to him or her in bed.
A few weeks later, Dzanc Books, pronounced Dzanc Books, released its alternative “20 Under 40” list of writers to watch. Once again, just to watch, not necessarily read. I’ve downloaded photographs of the writers on both lists to my desktop and I’m watching them. Many are cute, some not so cute. It’s been great to see the writers not grow day after day. Many have aged gracefully over the days on my desktop. I admire them so much, but I’m bored.
So, I’ve decided to make my own list, but not a list of fiction writers or dirty poets to watch or read. Instead, I’ve made a list of the Top 10 Endangered Species of the Gulf Coast Who Can’t Read or Write as a result of the BP Oil Disaster. Because this is what I do as a grown boy playing a girl under 40, I look to nature for the true artists that have shaped our world.
Almost Dorothy’s list of the “Top 10 Endangered Species of the Gulf Coast Who Can’t Read or Write” will be released in daily installments. Stay tuned.