Evaluating Books One Pie Chart at A Time


Sometimes exegesis of a literary text just isn’t colorful enough. That’s when you break out the pie charts.

Publishers Weekly‘s news blog, PWxyz, has an ongoing feature that slices canonical works of fiction into easily understandable visual representations of data.

The latest book on the cutting board is Saul Bellow’s The Adventures of Augie March. “Identity” takes up the largest share of the circle, but “Trotsky” makes a valiant showing!

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →