No, not that one – the wonderful world of literature! Seriously, isn’t LitWorld the true equivalent of a parallel universe, where people you know (like Pip, Smilla, Jonathan Harker, Harriet M. Welch, Emma Bovary, Scarlett O’Hara, for godsake Neely O’Hara) (yes, she was a book before she was a movie) all roam, living their continuing, off-the-page lives….And the more of them you know, the richer the associations, the more that world reveals itself to you. A lifetime’s revel.

Now: party game. Who hangs with who (whom?) in LitWorld? I can’t get enough of that Scarlett/Neely brunch – they’d recognize each other in a heartbeat.