Who chose the authors depicted on the Barnes & Noble mural?
Enter any Barnes & Noble with a coffee shop and you will soon notice the large mural honoring a parade of authors. Nabokov, Shelley, Faulkner – the list goes on.
But soon you start to notice the names that aren’t there – Hemingway, Woolf, Dostoevsky? How can they not be on the wall. The bookstore even sells a coffee cup with the same artwork. They’re not there either.
I think the absence of Hemingway is amazing. A Nobel laureate, who just so happens to be my favorite writer, Papa arguably did more to shape American Literature in the 20th century than anyone.
I wonder, how did the mural artist decide who to include? What criteria was used? How does one make it on the wall?
Who’s on your list of the incredulously missing? Asimov, Tolkien, Smiley?