19 August 2011

The Sam Lipsyte Visual Fact Check Express

After seeing this cover all over town it occurs to me that the man in the cover, apart from symbolic value, could be seen as holding up the Unisphere, a giant globe statue in Queens. However, the Unisphere is in the eastern part of Queens in Flushing Meadows, and the main character Milo lives and moves around, at least for parts of the book, way west and a bit north in Astoria. Oops.

Next time I see Sam Lipsyte around town (it's happened before!) I might ask him about it, although it was probably out of his control. I could say that this is an unnecessary level of geographic hair-splitting except who am I kidding, I love it. It is the parlor game that never ends.

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