TIME magazine asks: “What do 1 million reading lists reveal about higher education today?” Well, what it reveals is that someone at TIME shouldn’t be writing about reading lists.
Most of the names compiled by the Open Syllabus Project aren’t particularly surprising. According to TIME’s “analysis,” Toni Morrison, Jane Austen, and Virginia Woolf, all rank high on the top 10. Though, for some reason, and this had me laughing out loud, George Eliot was accidentally included on the women’s list.
In any event, college-aged women are devouring some eclectic authors, everything from the individualist tracts of Ayn Rand to the dystopian fiction of Naomi Klein. But I was most excited to see Evelyn Waugh, author of Brideshead Revisited and Scoop, one of my favorite novels ever, sneaking in at #97. She is awesome.