Monday, October 15, 2012

A Rare Thing

 Some Pig!

The WORDmeister writes: Today marks the 60th anniversary of one of the most beloved books in American literature, Charlotte’s Web

“[A]s anyone does doing an audio book, [E.B. White] had to do several takes for various things, just to get it right. But every time, he broke down when he got to Charlottes death. And he would do it, and it would mess up. . . . 

He took 17 takes to get through Charlottes death without his voice cracking or beginning to cry.

—Michael Sims, author of The Story of Charlotte's Web: E.B. White's Eccentric Life in Nature and the Birth of an American Classic, 2012 (Hear NPR interview.)

“It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer.”

—E.B. White (1899-1985), writer, Charlotte’s Web, 1952

• Editorial Comment: That line makes me cry, too.

• Yesterday’s WORD: Did you miss yesterday’s WORDs from defense attorney and 2nd U.S. President John Adams, on facts and passions? Click here.

Pepper Pile

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