2005_04_lyle.jpgNY Times Ethicist Randy Cohen announces to readers (Gothamist assumes he means all NY Times readers, though he just mentions "Book Review" readers) that he wants their suggestions to make a literary map of Manhattan, places where literary characters walked, brooded, or traipsed. Email suggestions to bookmap@nytimes.com (there are more rules and regs, like having page numbers and quotes, here), credit will be given to the first person who sends in a submission for a particular book. And, friends, Lyle, Lyle Crocodile has already been submitted:

Bernard Waber places Lyle, Lyle Crocodile for us: "This is the house. The house on East 88th Street." But where on East 88th Street? The clue comes in an illustration: the amiable reptile stands on his front stoop looking at a house to his left marked No. 234. That puts Lyle's own house at No. 236. Alas, a visit to the block shows not the charming brownstone where Lyle lolled but an ordinary tenement. Lyle's house, like Lyle, is a fiction. As it happens, Harriet the Spy lives in the same neighborhood, in a house on East 87th. You'd think someone as clever as she would have noticed a crocodile around the block.

The map will be published in June. Gothamist loves this idea, but while Cohen hopes for maps of Chicago and London next, we wonder about a map of the outer boroughs (think Jonathan Lethem, Walt Whitman).

Look at what the map would be. And Gothamist's interview with Randy Cohen: "I find that when people find out who I am or what I do the fun immediately stops." Also, Gothamist is now tempted to organize a map of Law & Order locales, like Hudson University and all the fake addresses. Someday!