Anne Trubek's book on visiting the museums of writers' homes is forthcoming from the University of Pennsylvania Press. Her work has appeared in the WASHINGTON POST, THE BELIEVER, DWELL, AGNI, and elsewhere.
The Thomas Wolfe Memorial, in downtown Asheville, North Carolina, is being swallowed up. New developments are dwarfing the yellow frame house on every side, like that little pink house in Virginia Lee Burton’s classic children’s book. First, the Renaissance Hotel went up across the street. Then, in the summer of 2006, a developer scooped up a parking lot catty-corner from the Renaissance and began construction on new, upscale condominiums.