Amanda Katz is the deputy editor of the Ideas section of the Boston Globe. She has written about books for the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian, among other publications. Previously, she was an editor of fiction and nonfiction at Bloomsbury USA, in New York. She holds an MFA in poetry from Brown University and has translated a number of books from French.
Amazon is expanding its top 100 lists to rank writers, not just books. The new list features a funky mix of authors, from big names to children's classics to Ayn Rand. Essayist Amanda Katz wonders whether the list is silly, useful, a play for world domination, or possibly all three?