Celeb Bibliophiles

The other day I was reading about how Keanu Reeves wasn't a great student because of his dyslexia, but he became a bibliophile later in life. It made me think of all the kids I knew growing up who didn't like to read not because they didn't want to, but because they struggled, and it broke my heart. My own husband is one of them, and today he still doesn't enjoy reading himself, but he likes to listen to me read to him.

What do we expect of our authors?

Hint: A lot.

A lot of people are tearing into J.K. Rowling lately with the release of her new, not-for-kids novel. It's just too good a story, it practically writes itself: "Beloved children's author is not a nice person." This Salon article rightly takes a New Yorker interview to task for being snarky about Rowling's personality.

But why should it matter? Who cares if J.K. Rowling is prickly and distant? That doesn't change the Harry Potter books a bit. It also reflects badly on our celebrity starved culture, that we want - nay, demand - anything different.
Stephen King is a victim of this phenomenon from the other direction. How many interviewers have been surprised to discover that King is, in person, a pleasant and congenial person. I guess they assume that the man who wrote the world's most popular gore and horror novels would be a vicious, snarling beast.

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