Not My Favorite Author, You Don’t

As a big fan of her first book, “To Kill a Mocking Bird”, I had been wondering what to expect from Harper Lee’s second – after all these years. I imagined financial pressures were the cause, but am interested to learn, from an excellent article by Valleygrail on Boomer Connection, of possibility undue influence on the elderly author.  I agree that, where there is such doubt, independent assessment is the first step; and I can’t see myself reading Go Set a Watchman, should it be published without the author’s informed consent.

Boomer Junction

I freely admit I am a news junkie. The very first things I read as a little kid were newspapers my parents had finished reading and cast aside. I did not fully understand the stories, and what they meant; but I did know what I was reading was important to someone, somewhere, or it would not be reported and printed. Following current events is a lifelong passion, given to a desire for awareness and understanding of who we are as a society, and how we are doing on this struggling planet.

Some stories are much the same as they have been for years. Different names, different places, but all in all, the same old behaviors masquerading as something newer and more important than yesterday’s story. Not that they lack importance, they just do not reflect much originality in the scope of humanity’s headlong rush to break each other, or the…

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