At Home He's a Tourist

He fills his head with culture/ He gives himself an ulcer.

Saturday, August 14, 2004


NYT: In Hibbing, MN, a prophet hath no honour in his own country, except among those unsung heroes of cultural preservation, librarians: "At present, the only collection of Dylan memorabilia outside of Zimmy's [a local restaurant] is in the basement of the Hibbing Public Library, where Roberta Maki, the exhibition director, has displayed items like Mr. Dylan's album covers and copies of his birth certificate and high school graduation picture." Likewise, when I happened to be in Greenville, Mississippi a few years ago, the only exhibition devoted to hometown literary hero Walker Percy was in a small glass case on the second floor of the public library, containing some photos, letters, and a handwritten manuscript of Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book.


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