Obituaries: Science fiction author Philip Jose Farmer (1918 – 2009) To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Venus on the Half Shell, Riverworld, Dayworld; Playwright Horton Foote (1916 - 2009) The Young Man from Atlanta.
“If I had nothing to do and to avoid getting bored I'd hole up at the school library, where they had the Aldeana collection. I read the whole thing!”
“Thus every healthy-minded child – no matter if he develops in later years to be a financier or bootmaker – is a story teller. As soon as he begins to talk he tells stories. … he dramatizes every object of his surroundings. The library shelves are files of soldiers, the rugs are islets of the seaway of the floor …and the child creates … an entire and complex work of fiction of which he is at one and the same time hero, author and public.”
“But the elder had an odd taste of her own for reading, and she took some private lessons, and read books out of the circulating library; the whole family were amazed at the number she read, and rather proud of it.”
“We were talking about books and reading, and he asked me if I liked poetry – only he called it ‘poultry’ – and I said I was wild about it and Edgar M. Guest was just about my favorite, and then I asked him if he liked Kipling and what do you think he said? He said he didn’t know; he’d never kipled.”
“I lived to read and fantasize. I shoplifted books, food, and car models.”