All great artists which I call artistocrats have a constant lifelong desire to communicate vitally important messages. But sometimes a fervent desire to be understood and to convey an important message looks like a declamation of a Shakespeare's Sonnet to a hungry dog.
In a heartfelt Moth story about the sometimes disparate relationship between fathers and sons, Neil Gaiman shared with an audience that his proud father had shown up to a very stressful book signing, unannounced, while Neil was signing copies of Anansi Boys, an adventurous novel about fathers and sons that blends myth, prophecy and family dysfunction.
"&Son" was the best kind of author reading, one set in the same place as the book so it seems to come to life all around you. As I started the book that night, I realized that this was the first of many meta moments, all of which added up to a great story.
J.D. Salinger, my favorite author owns the title to the Michael Jordan meets Adolfo Cambioso of my literary soul. I was enticed into a cunningly camouflaged Salinger chapter, a literary sorority where no Delta, Gammas or Epsilons need apply.
If you hope your child might be a great scientist, let her loose in the woods for hours every day. The greatest irony of the current, uniform approach to education is that it deprives children of the very experiences that are conveyed in the symbolic notations they are supposed to care about!
As many around the world said to Americans in September 2001, we say to the men and women throughout Paris, France and Europe today: You are not alone. Our unity will ultimately triumph, and our cause will ultimately prevail.