It was funny to see this bookshelf in a bookstore at the Houston airport, even funnier after our recent discussions here about the canon, and after my TLA panel circling around the same topic. On Wednesday afternoon, Betty Carter, Sally Miculek, Lauren Wohl, and I entertained all kinds of questions about The Classics: what are they, which are they, who reads them, and should kids have to care? Go Ask Alice provides an excellent example of one quandary: can a classic be crap? (In debating this question vis a vis Nancy Drew, Lauren Wohl said yes while I said no.) And Marc Aronson in the audience had a good one for all of us: what are the nonfiction classics of young people’s books? He said Freedman’s Lincoln, I said Not Yet. We all laughed at the buzzphrase “new classic,” but, really, just how old does a book need to be in order to join the immortals?