-- "Harold and the Purple Crayon" by Crockett Johnson. One of my favorite kids' books, about a boy whose fantastic imagination is bolstered by a magical crayon. I'd like to see him draw up a few plays for
-- "The Color Purple" by Alice Walker, which includes this quote for Ravens' fans: "I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it."
-- "Purple Hibiscus" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The author's tale about a family in her native Nigeria was a compelling debut novel. Now, as a resident of Columbia, a Baltimore suburb, she should have adopted the Ravens as her team.
-- "The Purple Cloud" by M.P. Shiel. The apocalyptic novel, published at the dawn of the 20th century, includes a great moment -- when protagonist Adam Jeffson burns down San Francisco for kicks. And you think
-- "Riders of the Purple Sage" by Zane Grey, one of the famed writers' best. I can picture his cowboys plugging the 49ers with lead.