Bruce Bradley ('A big fan of the blog in TEXAS!!!') sends a multi-coloured email from Dallas with a query about what American writers I enjoy.
And Moby Dick, of course. But you might email me at random for some years before you found me reading it.
And An American Tragedy which I reread after watching Woody Allen's Scoop this summer. There is a peculiar homage in the movie to the rowing boat scene. My 18-year-old son then took my copy and I haven't seen it since.