Things you should be aware of for 2010-2011:
-literary writing involving women with bodies shaped like cellos is OUT
-Buddhism is IN, but only Zen Buddhism, and only if it is alluded to coyly (no more overt Zen Buddhism—GAWD!)
-Herons are no longer considered poetic and any ms with descriptions of herons are to be tossed on the aforementioned pyre.
-Titles involving "geometry words" are IN.
-Works involving unreliable narrators are IN.
-Works that are virtually indistinguishable from all the other Works on the list are OUT.
-Works by young writers who died tragically and suddenly within the past five years are IN.
In other news, INTERN had the good fortune of meeting one of her favorite youngish writers last week when he swung by Venerable McPulitzer to say hello. His writing won a bunch of distinguished awards last year. By day, he works at Whole Foods cutting up pineapple samples. Somehow, this made INTERN feel terribly excited about the world, because she realized that geniuses are lurking everywhere, that there is indeed a kind of Secret Society of geniuses working at everyday jobs, and they are all too friendly and humble to mention that their work was recently featured in the New Yorker when you ask them in which aisle to find the quinoa, but if you look very carefully at their eyes you can sometimes tell...