My friend Becky turned me onto the book Suzuki Beane. I think I had mentioned to her how Harriet the Spy was one of the most influential books of my life, and Louise Fitzhugh, the author, was the illustrator of Suzuki Beane. It’s one of those books that you should just know about, in case you happen to see it at some garage sale, as it is nearly impossible to find. It’s also outrageously expensive (the cheapest I could find online was $75 on alibris). Written in 1961, it really is a kind of bad-ass version of Eloise, where Suzuki grows up on Bleecker Street, and wants to run away from home. I’m in love with the voice, the illustrations, the typewritten words—and all the dashes.