Laila Lalami blogged this observation about her recent move to L.A.: “There’s a café that calls itself ‘literati,’ because it uses book spines as wall decor.” Reminded me of a reception for poets (!) I attended many years ago at rich couple’s house in Denver. I wandered into the “library” and went to pull down what looked like a beautiful edition of Don Quixote, only to find that the bookcase was a wall of fakes. Nothing but ersatz spines of classics. Decoration. Here’s an idea for some smart PhD candidate—a study of the intellectual poverty of the upper one percent….
Joseph Hutchison, Colorado Poet Laureate 2014-2018, has published 17 books, including a translation of flash fictions by Mexican author Miguel Lupián, and co-edited two anthologies. He lives in the mountains southwest of Denver, Colorado, the city where he was born. He teaches at the University of Denver's University College, where he currently directs two programs: Arts & Culture and Global Affairs.