July 1st, 2011 / 11:43 am

Who writes America best?


  1. Joshua

      Hard to tell without seeing everyone’s handwriting.

  2. deadgod

      multiple choice

  3. deadgod

      Okay; I choose (a)  James Madison, though I think it is sneaky to put the “best” answer first and before ‘Vespucci’s mother’. 

      David M. McPherson writes “America” very well.

  4. Cwinnette

      Bill Callahan.  

  5. brittany wallace

      glenn beck

  6. Samuel Sargent

      I’m torn between Jack Kerouac and Dr Seuss. But they’re both dead, so I guess neither of this is writing in the present tense. So I’ll go with Marilyn Manson.

  7. robert r

      Don Delillo

  8. alex seubert

      there is no one america.

  9. citizen

      mark leyner

  10. Daniel Bailey

      the founding fathers

  11. richard chiem


  12. goner

      Mobb Deep

  13. Mikael Awake

      The French: Tocqueville; Baudrillard; French Montana.

  14. Kristen Iskandrian

      edith wharton, jk

  15. NLY

      Probably Emerson, unless it’s me.

  16. Frank Tas, the Raptor

      Denis Johnson, Arthur Miller, and to a slightly lesser extent Hubert Selby, Jr.

  17. Frank Tas, the Raptor

      Denis Johnson, Arthur Miller, and to a slightly lesser extent Hubert Selby, Jr.

  18. oswald golnik


  19. Thomas Levy

      lady gaga

  20. EC

      A Brit writes America best:  D.H. Lawrence in “Studies in Classic American Literature.”  He just gets it.

  21. kevocuinn

      Donald Ray Pollock

  22. Mark Doten

      beat me to it

  23. Thachickenflava

      the Thank You plastic bag

  24. marshall


  25. William VanDenBerg

      Steven Millhauser.

  26. Nigel

      donald goines

  27. Brendan

      Gil Brewer

  28. alan

      do you mean james?

  29. nick


  30. nick

      sarah palin, barrack obama and lou dobbs

      and your mom

  31. bartleby_taco

      Danny’s Pizza in Queens open till 5 am, sweet sauce

  32. deadgod

      I don’t know which thing I said that you’re referring to nor which “james” you mean.  Your question is, for now, a pleasant enigma to me.

  33. Troyweav

      Jimmy Chen

  34. Leopoldbloom

      David Foster Wallace, no question.

  35. Tummler
  36. Tummler

      Also, Lil B.

  37. postitbreakup

      duh, stephen colbert…

  38. postitbreakup

      duh, stephen colbert…

  39. alan

      oh, there’s a well-known civil war historian james m. mcpherson

      i couldn’t find david on amazon

  40. TonyOneill

      whose america are we talking about?

      4 different takes:  burroughs, goines, crews, thompson.

  41. David Rylance

      For contemporary white America, Joan Didion. For America more abstractly and inclusively, James Merrill’s ‘The Changing Light at Sandover’. For stern Southern truths, Frank Stanford’s ‘The Battlefield Where the Moon Says I Love You’ or anything by Flannery O’Connor.

  42. kb

      I’ll go with the first name that came to mind, which is E.L. Doctorow.

  43. NLY
  44. Alexander J. Allison

      Richard Yates.

      I can’t believe no one has said RY yet.