From what I've read about the origins of the new American Writers Museum in Chicago, there was confusion and resistance surrounding its creation, with many wondering how it would differ from a library. In a debate over what to name it, "Museum of American Literature" was evidently in the running, but Malcolm O’Hagan, who based the concept for the museum off of his visit to the Dublin Writers Museum, said, "The word ‘literature’ has a highbrow feel, and we wanted a broader audience...We debated it back and forth, but ultimately decided the focus on writers was the right one. People are always fascinated by creative people." That was an insightful decision to make, and it is reflected throughout the museum, since at many points you are encouraged to write with pen and paper, create letters on old typewriters, or storyboard with touchscreens and computers. It's presented as though you're doing this under the guidance of the American master-writers who have come before you.
At the entrance to the museum, it is written, "Our mission is to celebrate the enduring influence of American writers on our history, our identity, our culture, and our daily lives."
The first room we visited was the children's section. It has colorful artwork, interactive exhibits, and couches for sitting and reading the books that are available. The Langston Hughes exhibit stood out to me here.
You're reading this, so it's time to admit it: You’ve been one–a bookstore hobo. Lingering too long among shelves of books. Sitting between the aisles reading a book you know you don’t have the money to buy, and thinking to yourself, “Oh, if I could only stay here forever.” So why don't you read my novella The Bookstore Hobos? Published in the Eunoia Review, The Bookstore Hobos is the story of Zaid, who tries to live in a bookstore when he finds himself unemployed. His adventures will take him to New York City, where he must attempt to apply what he's read to the real world.
Joseph Patrick Pascale - How to Get a Promotion When Your Boss Is Trying to Kill You (Accurate Accounts of Office Work: Book 1), a comic literary novel coming from Waldorf Publishing in July 2018.