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Vulture's Premature Attempt at the 21st Century Canon

What if you could start a canon from scratch? New York magazine's Vulture thought it might be fun to speculate (very prematurely) on what a canon of the 21st century might look like right now. A couple of months ago, they reached out to dozens of critics and authors — well-established voices (Michiko Kakutani, Luc Sante), more radical thinkers (Eileen Myles), younger reviewers for outlets like n+1, and some of their best-read contributors, too. They asked each of them to name several books that belong among the most important 100 works of fiction, memoir, poetry, and essays since 2000 and tallied the results. The purpose was not to build a fixed library but to take a blurry selfie of a cultural moment.
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The Last Samurai
The Last Samurai
2
The Corrections (Jonathan Franzen)
The Corrections (Jonathan Franzen)
3
Freedom
Freedom
4
Never Let Me Go
Never Let Me Go
5
How Should a Person Be
How Should a Person Be
6
The Neapolitan Novels (Elena Ferrante)
The Neapolitan Novels (Elena Ferrante)
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The Argonauts (Maggie Nelson)
The Argonauts (Maggie Nelson)
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9
The Savage Detectives
The Savage Detectives
10
The Sellout (Paul Beatty)
The Sellout (Paul Beatty)
11
Outline (Rachel Cusk)
Outline (Rachel Cusk)
12
Atonement (Ian McEwan)
Atonement (Ian McEwan)
13
The Year of Magical Thinking
The Year of Magical Thinking
14
Leaving the Atocha Station
Leaving the Atocha Station
15
The Flamethrowers (Rachel Kushner)
The Flamethrowers (Rachel Kushner)
16
Erasure (Percival Everett)
Erasure (Percival Everett)
17
Middlesex
Middlesex
18
Platform
Platform
19
Do Everything in the Dark (Gary Indiana)
Do Everything in the Dark (Gary Indiana)
20
The Known World
The Known World
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21
The Plot Against America (Philip Roth)
The Plot Against America (Philip Roth)
22
The Human Stain
The Human Stain
23
The Line of Beauty (Alan Hollinghurst)
The Line of Beauty (Alan Hollinghurst)
24
Veronica (Mary Gaitskill)
Veronica (Mary Gaitskill)
25
The Road (Cormac McCarthy)
The Road (Cormac McCarthy)
26
Ooga Booga
Ooga Booga
27
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
28
Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
29
The Possessed (Elif Batuman)
The Possessed (Elif Batuman)
30
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
31
Mr Fox (Helen Oyeyemi)
Mr Fox (Helen Oyeyemi)
32
Lives Other Than My Own (Emmanuel Carrere)
Lives Other Than My Own (Emmanuel Carrere)
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33
The Kingdom (Emmanuel Carrere)
The Kingdom (Emmanuel Carrere)
34
Zone One
Zone One
35
Sag Harbor
Sag Harbor
36
Gone Girl
Gone Girl
37
NW
NW
38
White Girls (Hilton Als)
White Girls (Hilton Als)
39
My Struggle (Karl Ove Knausgaard)
My Struggle (Karl Ove Knausgaard)
40
The Goldfinch
The Goldfinch
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