Posted by League Commissioner on March 15, 2012 1 Comment
Novel-T is crazy about Walt Whitman. We're so crazy for Whitman, in fact, that we offer two Walt Whitman t-shirts: our standard Walt Whitman jersey and our Walt's With Me special edition tee shirt.
Whitman is taught less and less in high schools, so fewer readers are encountering him these days. If you don't know where to start, consider "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" and "Song of Myself." No matter how many times we've done it, reading those poems always puts us in a good mood.
We're also put in a good mood when we discover other folks that are ecstatic about Walt Whitman. Memorably, about a year ago we were tuned in to the first episode of the Discovery Channel's "Brewmasters" show and were delighted to see Dogfish Head's Sam Calagione sporting a Whitman jersey. Cheers, Sam. And cheers to you, too, Walt!
At Novel-T, we like to think of our shirts as "literary t-shirts" or "literary t-shirt jerseys" or "literary jerseys." But there are many who prefer a simpler a name: "book t-shirts"--or even the super-succinct "book shirts."
The appellation "book t-shirts" has its merits. It's simple in just the way that the best writing is: straightforward and succinct. There's no haughtiness there.
But some of our shirts are not "about books" so much as they're about authors. Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn each appear in two books each. Still, we suppose they are book t-shirts. But our Poe shirts are about a poem and short-story. And our William Blake t-shirt features artwork by Blake himself that's not closely connected with a specific book.
Maybe they're "author t-shirts" or "poet t-shirts" or just "writer t-shirts." Ehh, not quite the clear, clarion ring to those phrases that we're looking for...
So we think we're going to stick with literary t-shirts for now. But feel free to call them book t-shirts, or book shirts, or book-lovers t-shirts, or t-shirts for book-lovers. Because a Novel-T by any other name would still feel as soft.