The May 23rd New York magazine features a Q. & A. with the musician Moby, who tells contributing writer Sara Cardace that authors he read as a pre-teen included Arthur Rimbaud and Charles Bukowski. Moby grew up in Darien, Connecticut, but that didn't stop him from reading Faulkner, too.
So now you know how inty-leck-tual we are up here in New England. Why, just the other day my son Junior came home from kindergarten and asked, "Mommy, what is postmodernism?" As usual with his many questions, I had to reply, "I don't know, Sweetie. Let's go look it up in your Childcraft encyclopedia." Sure enough, there it was, right between "possum" and "potato." Thank God for Childcraft: The How and Why Library.
All kidding aside, when Junior becomes a famous chef/fireman/Hummer driver, please don't buy it when he announces in an interview that his main literary influence was The Corrections, by Jonathan Franzen. For the record, for the week of May 16th, Junior's favorite book is Mr. Putter & Tabby Feed the Fish, written by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated by Arthur Howard. Try it—if you and your dearest five-year-old don't laugh out loud, I'll be surprised.