CAAF, of Tingle Alley makes a very interesting observation about the NBA nominees:
I’m intrigued by the ways in which this year’s group of nominees — five women, all living in New York City — are being knit into a set, both socially and critically.
I would tend to agree, and I think it's one of the tropes that the media have sort of built around the story -- after all those articles about the awards basically sucking now, and all -- just to have something to report.

Why is it that the nominees for this year's National Book Awards seem to have been instantly congealed into one ever-solidifying mass? Perhaps I'm missing something, but I don't recall this sort of media treatment for awards dominated by men. Or at least, if it were five men, we would be hearing about the new aesthetic school they had formed by all getting drunk together at the same bar for a few years, rather than this more sort of Collect All Five! vibe.

At the very least, this year's coverage, in particular, of women writers nominated for major awards is certainly a curious thing. Once again, I find myself acutely aware of my role as a media consumer in a world increasingly dominated by information and opinions rather than actual news.


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