Are New York and Chicago the Tolstoy and Dostoevsky of American Fiction?
Travel Blog • Eva Holland • 03.17.10 | 3:13 PM ET
Andrew Seal makes his case over at Blographia Literaria:
Sorry, Boston. Sorry, L.A. Sorry, D.C. Sorry, San Fran. Sorry, the South. You have your claims, no doubt, but they are as the claims of Pushkin, Lermontov, Chekhov, or Gogol. To be sure, Tolstoy and Dostoevsky do not account for the entirety of Russian literature, certainly do not exhaust all options, but they are irreplaceable, irreducible forces upon the landscape of the national literature, and so it is with New York and Chicago, Chicago and New York.
There’s plenty to chew on in the comments, too. (Via The Book Bench)