'What happened to essential books?' - you just got old, mate

Another terrible, ill informed piece in the Guardian today about the state of modern literacy:


I'm not even sure where Rick Gekoski is getting these tired opinions from, as he cites no studies or surveys of the students he claims are no longer reading as a homogenous group. In fact, this seems to be his biggest problem - that people now are reading widely and not as a homegenous group of middle-class intelligentsia.

Secondly, his list of books that are essential reading (many of which I have, in fact, read) are nearly all from the fifties and sixties. Now. For those of us born in the eighties, well, maybe we have our own, different, canon? Heresy, I know.