Making Connecticut A Character In Stories

May 12, 2011

Psychogeography was defined by Guy Debord as "the study of the precise laws and specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behavior of individuals."

Psychogeography looms large in the work of writers. Try to imagine Baudelaire without Paris or Saul Bellow without Chicago or Faulkner without Mississippi. You almost can't picture it.

All writers are shaped by place, and they shape their places with their imagination.

Today, we'll talk to four writers about Connecticut and places within Connecticut and how those places -- both as stereotypes and realities -- shape their work.

I keep thinking I'm going to write the great Hartford novel, but I never do it. But I know how the great Hartford novel would go. Of course, there's another question: would anyone want to read the Great Hartford Novel.

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