A bunch of fifth graders in Pittsfield, Mass., want to make Moby-Dick the official book of Massachusetts.
I’m not disputing the greatness of Moby-Dick (although MRP and Mister MRP did catch the last ten minutes of the film version with Gregory Peck the other day and I would certainly dispute the greatness of that! Moby-Dick looked like a piece of spray-painted foam flailing about in what could have been someone’s bathtub while ramming a Pequod that looked as though it were made out of Lincoln Logs) but there have been a lot of really great books written by authors from Massachusetts.
I’m sure Mister MRP could give us a comprehensive list, but two obvious ones that come to mind as possibly competing for the honor of official book of the Commonwealth are Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter or Thoreau’s Walden.
What are your nominations? What about Parker’s Spenser: For Hire? And let us not forget Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham. (Coincidentally, both Seuss and Parker are from Springfield, Mass. What’s that about?) If you’re not from Massachusetts, feel free to nominate an official book for your state.