Frank Rich discussed his new book, The Greatest Story Ever Sold: The Decline and Fall of Truth from 9/11 to Katrina , at the Free Library on September 26, at 8:00 p.m. He took a few moments to chat with the Free Library Blog.
1. What role have libraries played in your life?
“Enormous. As a child, the local branch library was where I could freely follow new passions wherever they took me for hours on end. As an adult, research libraries have sometimes been second homes as I have pursued book projects.”
What was your favorite childhood book?
“Depends how you define 'childhood,' but early on, E.B. White's Charlotte's Web. By the time I was about ten years old, Moss Hart's memoir Act One would come along and change my life.”
Who are the three authors you think everyone should be required to read, and which books would you start with?
“Shakespeare: Midsummer Night's Dream; Dickens: David Copperfield; Twain: Huckleberry Finn.
If you couldn’t write, what other job would you like to have?
“Any job involved with words--whether in a school, the theater, a library, or publishing.”