Monday, January 28

First of a 50-part series

The Literary Saloon informs us of an intriguing project the Columbia Spectator has underway. Fifty States of Literature is described as "a list of 50 books that we think capture the essence of each state, all while telling a great story along the way." They kick things off in grand style with Alabama and To Kill a Mockingbird.

I foresee bitter debate in the Spectator editorial room on the topic of whether to go with Moby Dick or The Scarlet Letter for Massachusetts. Oh and then there's Little Women. And somewhere out there I hear someone saying something about Infinite Jest. But I'll tell you what, if they want to nail the essence of Massachusetts they couldn't go wrong with the WASP high jinks of The Wapshot Chronicle.

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