Recently on This American Life, a man recounts how as a lonely, miserable teenager in 1987 he escaped into the fantasy novels of Piers Anthony and then escaped, albeit briefly, into the real life of Piers Anthony. It's a wonderful, moving story, reported by Logan Hill, and reveals how close someone can feel to a writer who not only touches us with fictional stories but also invites us to "know" them through interviews, blog posts, Tweets, and, in Anthony's case, the lengthy author's notes he appended to his novels. "Just South of the Unicorns"
David Pescovitz is Boing Boing's co-editor/managing partner. He's also a research director at Institute for the Future. On Instagram, he's @pesco.