Underground Reading: The Deep Blue Good-by by John D. MacDonald
Underground Reading: Nightmare in Pink by John D. MacDonald

Literature’s a democratizing force. Its power makes so much of the world accessible to anyone who can read, equally, without regard to anything about “who we are” or where we came from or any of that. If you want to participate in the world of letters, all that matters is your ability to make yourself intelligible, when you write, and to apprehend what is being said, when you read.  - Maria Bustillos, on The Phantom Tollbooth