Wanted: National Poet
One of my favorite things about Whitman is the way he seems uniquely American, so this quotation from Allan Gurganus really caught my eye:
"I think Walt Whitman went to the help wanted section and found a squib that said Wanted: National Poet. And he was innocent enough to believe there really was such a job. And he was innocent enough to believe that if he could just write a poem that incorporated everything he felt and suspected and hoped for from America, that he would have the position. And you know, by God, he did it."
They've also got a great interactive map of Whitman's New York up at their website, which you know I am all about. And if you're not so hot with programming a Tivo, you can also stream the whole program from the site.