What do you guys think of literary references in other works of fiction? I have seen this done very well sometimes. Always subtle but smart. You can catch this sort of thing in New Yorker short stories and the likes. I'm thinking of slipping one into my novel. Have any of you tried this? Were you happy with the way it came out and do you think it added anything to the story? I think this sort of thing is an interesting play, but I also think it really has to be done well or it can look stupid or like you are trying too hard. What do you guys think?