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October 15, 2010

Supplement, wherein Patrick waxes rhapsodically about vacation…

Filed under: 150 Best Minnesota Books — Pat Coleman @ 10:31 am

Missili in Giardino

As I was walking down the tiny streets of the Trastevere neighborhood in Rome… What’s that? You didn’t hear me? I said I was walking in the Trastevere a few days ago on a street so narrow Vespas could hardly pass each other. I passed an appropriately little used book store and there on the bargain book shelf outside the store was a copy of a book that stopped me in my tracks. It was facing cover out so I recognized the author’s name but I had never seen the title. It turned out to be the Italian translation of Max Shulman’s “Rally Round the Flag, Boys!” This beautiful copy is the “seconda edizione” and was printed in Italy a year after the first English language edition. I picked it up for 2 Euros for the MHS library although I’ll tell the IRS it is worth much more. 8 Euros at least.

The next day in the older part of Rome I saw several stores selling “Peanuts” related tee shirts, in Italian of course, and thought Romans must be reading our list of 150 best Minnesota books. Blame the thought on jet lag.

Chow, grazie!

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9 Responses to “Supplement, wherein Patrick waxes rhapsodically about vacation…”

  1. Carrie Says:

    Lucky dog!

  2. rOB Says:


  3. Ulster Says:

    Chow, Schmow. The important thing to keep in mind is that Minnesota culture has invaded every corner of the planet. We already knew the Italians were reading Fitzgerald how fun to find out they are also reading Shulman. Whats next? Clifford Simak? Thanks Patrick.

  4. laurie hertzel Says:

    wow–that brings me back. i read that max schulman book when i was a little kid, stealing my older sister’s copy. (which i also did with her copy of “myra breckenridge,” but that’s another story.)

    Patrick Coleman reply on October 25th, 2010:

    I’ll buy you a beer if you tell me the “Myra” story.

  5. Mike Says:

    Minnesota is everywhere.

  6. Ulster Says:

    Time for a new “best book”? It kills us to hold our breath for so long.

  7. Ralph Kurtzman Says:

    I just have to wonder how you can mention Shulman without including his, Bare Foot Boy. To me it is a very interesting and humorous “historical fiction.” It portrays the 1930s culture in and near the U of M in wonderful humorous detail.

    Patrick Coleman reply on August 5th, 2011:

    Dear Ralph, I gotcha on this one. It turns out that you are right that you can’t mention Shulman with out mentioning his 1943 “Barefoot Boy With Cheek”. It also turns out that I did mention the book! I even quoted from the book’s introductory note which stated that the University of Minnesota was “wholly imaginary”. I was remiss in not stating the title. “Barefoot Boy with Cheek” is a funny book, which Shulman claims to have written while working at the Minneapolis law firm of “Lame and Halt”. Thanks for reminding us of the work. Pat

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