Only Two Types of People:
Authors and Would-Be Authors
It's long been common knowledge among writers that everyone in America wants to write a book. The uncharitable types have a standard reaction when told at a cocktail party that "I think I have a book in me." The wise guy silently thinks "and that's precisely where it should remain." Others (myself among them) would instead encourage the person to get down to business and seriously pursue it rather than merely talking about it. But the actor Henry Winkler, a budding children's book author, reminded me of the power of this universal aspiration when he made an appearance on NPR's Fresh Air last week. He recounted once seeing a dad and his daughter on the street. The dad tells his daughter, "There's Henry Winkler. He played the Fonz on TV. " The daughter replies: I don't know what the Fonz is, but I read one of his books." Winkler, already world famous several times over, concluded: "At that moment I understood what heaven is."