Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Famous for the Wrong Book

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John Self writes for the Guardian about the difference between an author's best work and their best-known. There's lots of lively discussion in the comments, everybody adding to the list and waving banners for or against what's been put forward. It's a good side-poking jump-off to thinking about how you came to your own favorites. I know I avoided Salinger for years after our high-school introduction through Catcher in the Rye. The day I was gifted Nine Stories, everything changed. I chased it with Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and repented for years of misplaced avoidance. He writes a mean, perfect story and I only wish I could've come to them sooner. I try to be more careful now, recommending authors I particularlyfeel for. It's a dice toss trying to guess the work that might resonate most with a person and I'm less prone to hand-selling the single book, preferring instead to give a customer my suggestions in threes. Here's to hoping everybody finds their way to everyone.

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