One possible reason for that, according to Thorpe:
"Satirists have it hard, these days. They can barely match the truth. And shallow satire is no good at all; it is merely cynical, as husked of all value as the average TV chat show and its meaningless laughter. Good, deep satire has both rage and compassion behind it - along with the hope of something better."Only one title on his list is by a living writer -- who happens to be the only woman on the list:
Arlington Park by Rachel CuskRead the entire list.
There are few books that nail the futility of our consumerist mores so that they bleed. This is one of them. Set in a prosperous new English suburb, it has the subdued rage of all effective satire, yet Cusk's control of language is supreme. Even its rather Woolfian cruelty - little children are favourite targets - only improves the relish.