Du Bois Inspires Chabon’s Wanderlust

What book has most triggered Michael Chabon’s wanderlust? William Pène Du Bois’ Twenty-One Balloons, according to The New York Times.

“No trip I have since taken in my life has ever measured up to the ideal presented therein by Prof. W. W. Sherman’s journey, in the custom-fitted luxury of his impossible balloon house, to the nonexistent, never-existed, long-vanished island of Krakatoa,” Chabon told The Times. “In fact, I have equaled him only in my occasional bouts of misanthropy.”

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