published in The New Yorker
Menand reviews Jess McHugh’s "Americanon," a list of the 13 books that would make up a "canon" of American writing. McHugh focuses largely on self-help books and the like that sold at ridiculous proportions. She criticizes them for being exclusive, which they certainly are, but he counters McHugh's argument implying her rejection of these books is itself a creed.
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