Saturday, February 18, 2012

In Print: My fave quote today (from Erik Larson's THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY)

Love this quote from Erik Larson's 2003 non-fiction book, The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America (Crown Publishers, ISBN 0609608444):

"At first, most Americans believed that if an exposition honoring the deepest roots of the nation were to be held anywhere, the site should be Washington, the capital. [...] Suddenly New York and St. Louis wanted the fair. Washington laid claim to the honor on grounds it was the center of government, New York because it was the center of everything. No one cared what St. Louis thought, although the city got a wink for pluck." - page 28