We’ll visit with Stanford scholar Shelley Fisher-Fishkin, to discuss the nexus between literature and literary sites, specifically in the United States. Her new book Writing America: Literary Landmarks from Walden Pond to Wounded Knee explores our appetite for visiting sites like Twain’s home town. What do we expect to find in such places? How does visiting them shape our understanding of specific works of American literature? Or of the United States itself? Our national destiny, identity, and character is often all wrapped up in these writings and the historic places associated with them. So cram the kids in the mini-van, tune the radio to Thinking Aloud, and off we go, on a trip in pursuit of just such questions.