Michiko Kakutani, Book Critic – New York Times

Is the New York Times’ toughest book critic single? Who knows! Her reclusive nature is what makes the 56 year-old Yale alumna one of the list’s most alluring figures—unlike most media singles, you can’t simply plan on running into her at the next n+1 party. Making a move on Michiko requires creativity and energy, but after that, there’s little risk: Even if she shoots you down, you’ll be in the esteemed company of Susan Sontag, Norman Mailer, Philip Roth and Lorrie Moore.