I think a good argument could be made that Fithian was the first New Jersey writer to reflect deeply on a sense of place in this colony/state.
So needless to say I was thrilled to see that Montclair State University is sponsoring a year-long series of lectures and presentations entitled "Jersey: A Sense of Place." If you are in the Montclair area tonight you should definitely check out Louis Masur's lecture "Talk about a dream:' Bruce Springsteen's American Vision--from New Jersey to the World." Masur is the author of Runaway Dream: Born to Run and Bruce Springsteen's American Vision and is co-editor of the recently released Talk About a Dream: The Essential Interviews of Bruce Springsteen.
Learn more about the series here and here.