Woke up this morning and when I discovered that it was just THREE DEGREES ABOVE ZERO outside, I picked up a book … actually, it was my Kindle … and decided to have a read-in morning. It was definitely much warmer in my bed. Especially since my personal bed warmer, Mlle. Renee, was curled up on her fluffy beach towel next to my legs. My book of choice this morning was author Armistead Maupin’s The Days Of Anna Madrigal, the ninth and concluding volume in his TALES OF THE CITY series.Anna M

I have been an avid fan and follower of the TALES ever since they first appeared as a daily serial in the San Francisco Chronicle in 1976. Now this was not an easy task, since I have been a life long resident of the Wicket City, st louis arch better known to all as Saint Louis.  Luckily, I worked in the in-house advertising agency of a shoe company with retail stores in San Francisco. So we got the paper on a daily basis, and only a week after publication. A couple of years later the original newspaper serials were re-edited into six novels.  The first three books were also adapted into three television miniseries. In 2007 Maupin published the first of three books that would revisit characters of the original series as they are today. The Days Of Anna Madrigal is the concluding chapter of the TALES.

After spending an hour or so reading in bed this morning, I thought it was fitting to discover that Saint Louis made the TOP TEN LIST of America’s Most Literate Cities In 2013 — Drawing from a variety of available data resources, the America’s Most Literate Cities study ranks the largest cities (population 250,000 and above) in the United States. This study focuses on six key indicators of literacy: number of bookstores, educational attainment, Internet resources, library resources, periodical publishing resources, and newspaper circulation. Dr. John W. Miller, president of Central Connecticut State University, is the author of this study. Research for this edition of AMLC was conducted in collaboration with the Center for Public Policy & Social Research at CCSU.

Washington, DC 1
Seattle, WA 2
Minneapolis, MN 3
Atlanta, GA 4.5
Pittsburgh, PA 4.5
Denver, CO 6
St. Paul, MN 7
Boston, MA 8
St. Louis, MO 9
San Francisco, CA 10


About Robert Edler

... a somewhat unknown and/or imaginary actor, writer, director, producer, photographer, friend, brother, uncle and all round good fellow that you really should get to know because he lives with that most glamorous fourpaw Mademoiselle Renee. (Mlle. Renee for short)

Posted on February 6, 2014, in MY WORLD AND WELCOME TO IT! and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Since I’m originally from the South, the top ten lists we usually make aren’t good. So that’s one to be proud of!

    • I think we only made the list because of our fantastic library system. Barnes and Noble is the only chain store left, but we still have quite a few very active independent book stores. I still haven’t been able to photograph the original main library that was totally refurbished last year.

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