Fantastic essay from Anne Ursu on the “straight white male-ness” of literary canon. John Green gets mentioned, because of course he does; the Straight White Man who came into a field dominated by women, started writing books in a Straight White Male way, and got the praise of the mainstream heaped upon his head.
Ursu looks at the roots of this phenomena, particularly as it relates to the way contemporary fiction is considered Srs Literature in contrast to genres like magical realism. She points out the racial underpinnings; specifically that the “magical” in magical realism is associated with authors of colour (I didn’t even know it was a genre until we read Salman Rushdie in senior high).
There isn’t really one single pull-quote from this article because the whole thing is great, and thoughtful, and y’all should go read it.