Today the New Yorker’s Book Bench blog, inspired by a California restaurant’s menu, posted a list of “literary sandwiches.”

But, what does this have to do with New Haven? Well, we couldn’t help but be reminded of Book Trader Cafe’s sandwich selections, which are maybe less symbolic, but still riff on literary tradition.

The famed weekly’s hypothetical menu features selections ranging from the “Catcher in the Rye,” a combination of meatloaf and ketchup on — wait for it — rye bread to the “Nora Roberts,” which is “all cheese.” We are particularly tickled by the “Thomas Pynchon” because “no one really knows” what’s in that one.

Jane Rare anyone? How about a Hamingway and Cheese?