I guess you could say I’m a “lifer”; I was born and have always lived in New Jersey. NJ holds the dubious distinction of having the highest population density in the country and is one of only 2 states (Oregon is the other) that doesn’t permit self-service gas stations. I got to wondering about all the other people (8.6 million of them!) who call NJ home. More specifically, I pondered about famous people who hail from my native state.
We’ve got the musical market cornered with Holy Trinity–Sinatra, Springsteen and Bon Jovi. But this blog isn’t about musicians. Or politicians and/or actors–but we have them in spades too.
Instead, I wondered about famous authorsfrom New Jersey. Joyce Kilmer, Judy Blume, and Megan McCafferty immediately came to mind. Upon further investigation, I learned that James Fenimore Cooper, Allen Ginsberg, Norman Mailer, and Dorothy Parker were also natives.
Who knew that such a tiny state (8,729 square miles-you can drive the length in 3 hours and the width in 1 hour at the thinnest part) could produce so many illustrious writers? How does your home state measure up?