06/11/2010 10:40 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

How Old Can A 'Young Writer' Be?

IT may well be that the writers singled out by The New Yorker have already written lasting works. But it is a mistake to assume that because they are young -- at least according to our culture's ever expanding notion of youth, when 40, or even 50, is "the new 30" -- they must be poised midway up Parnassus, with higher achievements to come.

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