The Lion, the Witch and the Cloakroom

We found out which of Wisconsin’s political scribes had sold the most units.

Most politicians make for lousy writers. Who wants to read 70,000 words of self-promotion? And yet book-writing comes so easy for so many of our elected representatives, most of them desperate to project their thin, reedy voices across a national stage. With a little help from Milwaukee-based literary agent Elizabeth Evans, we found out which of Wisconsin’s political scribes had sold the most units (as of late August), and which had sold the fewest. Sadly, we were unable to locate sales data for U.S. Sen. William Proxmire’s 1973 blockbuster You Can Do It: Senator Proxmire’s Exercise, Diet and Relaxation Plan.

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‘The Lion, the Witch and the Cloakroom’ appears in the October 2015 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

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Matt has written for Milwaukee Magazine since 2006, when he was a lowly intern. Since then, he’s held the posts of assistant news editor and, most recently, senior editor. He’s lived in South Carolina, Tennessee, Connecticut, Iowa, and Indiana but mostly in Wisconsin. He wants to do more fishing but has a hard time finding worms. For the magazine, Matt has written about city government, schools, religion, coffee roasters and Congress.