Another Pulitzer winning writer has left us. Although possibly best known for his “Rabbit” series, many people may not be aware that he penned the book, “The Witches of Eastwick” on which the movie was based.
There is a fairly lengthy obit at Yahoo!, from which I will quote this bit:
His standing within the literary community may never have been greater than in 2006 when he delivered a passionate defense of bookstores and words, words on paper, at publishing’s annual national convention. Responding to a recent New York Times essay predicting a digital future, he scorned this “pretty grisly scenario” and praised the paper book as the site of an “encounter, in silence, of two minds.”
“So, booksellers, defend your lonely forts,” he concluded.
His speech was applauded, discussed and widely quoted, far more than the talk given at the same breakfast gathering by then-Sen. Barack Obama.
Let us defend the forts.