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David Bamman
I was inspired by this thread and to check the data; in the 100 most recent NYT BTB interviews, women mention men and women equally in response to "what on your bookshelf?"; men mention other men 4 times as often
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David Bamman Aug 26
Replying to @dbamman
50/50 attention by women compared to 20/80 attention by men is interestingly similar to our findings for character attention in novels
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Berning For the Common Good Aug 26
Replying to @dbamman
👍🏽Except that I was mortified to discover that my own pvt collection consists of overwhelmingly male authors. If one strongly favors certain kinds of nonfiction genres, it can happen.
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Jamie Schecter Aug 26
This is amazing! I wonder how the data slices against race? How much more likely are POC to rec books by or about POC? Really interesting data to comb through
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Tom Killalea Aug 26
Interesting! Thanks for putting this together David.
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Tom Killalea Aug 26
After reading your BTB analysis I've added to my virtual bookshelf: Strangers Drowning Mercè Rodoreda: The Time of the Doves Circe Dionne Brand: The Blue Clerk Svetlana Alexievich: Secondhand Time Sarah Perry: Essex Serpent
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shiva bala yogi Aug 27
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Sarah R Aug 27
Interesting- I looked at this a little while ago - did it a bit differently (counted all author mentions in each interview, looked at fewer interviews) but got the same answer
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Celeste Ng Aug 28
Interesting. This is based on just the one Q, no? I know overall I recommended more women than men, as did Lauren and many other women. Curious to see what the data looks like for the whole interviews—though then we may not all answer the same Qs. 🤔
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Celeste Ng Aug 28
Also, this is not to ask you to do it! You don’t need to do random work for free! 😊
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Oscar D Torson Aug 28
What is the ratio of male versus female authors in the relevant ensemble of books?
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David Bamman Aug 28
Yes this is just the "what's on your nightstand?" Q (which seemed like a nice controlled prompt to make the responses comparable). has a great analysis on the whole interview with similar results
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Celeste Ng Aug 28
Thank you! Stats are not my thing so I very much appreciate this.
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Sarah R Aug 28
Yes, the questions vary which yields different responses (Lin-Manuel Miranda shows up a lot & it's often when the 'dinner party guests' q is asked), but I wanted to explore that feeling of wading through dozens of male names & see how it translated to numbers
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book nerd crushes Aug 29
Replying to @dbamman @srhrnkn
These starts are awesome, Sarah. Thanks for doing them! Especially love the github hosting :)
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Sarah R Aug 30
Replying to @booknerdcrush
Thanks! Did it in part to teach myself some new things, including git/github
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