Colin McEnroe Show: A 'Skeptic's Guide' To Writers' Houses
Is visiting a writer's house a fool's errand?
Our show today is about the rewards and disappointments of visiting the houses of writers we love. Or visiting the houses of a writer who happened to live in a city we happen to be visiting anyway. Or visiting the houses of writers who lived where we live.
Here in Hartford, even if you're not the kind of person who goes on tours of writer's houses, you've probably gone on tours of the Twain House, just because. And maybe the Stowe House and maybe even the Noah Webster House (although was Noah Webster a writer? Or was he more like tech support?)
The other Hartford writer of interest is Wallace Stevens, but there is no house to tour. For a long time, there was pretty much nothing, but now you can follow the route of Stevens's daily walk from Westerly terrace to his insurance job and each of his ways of looking at a blackbird is etched along the route. Well, it's something.