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When Your Heroes Get Old

Just read Dan Kraus’ fine review of Jonah Winter’s “You Never Heard of Willie Mays?!” which will run in our September 1 issue. Terrific book, but I was frankly appalled by the premise. Really? Young people have never heard of Willie Mays? Given that he retired from baseball almost 40 years ago, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, but I’m still deeply saddened. Am I really that old? Pondering that melancholy fact made me think that my admittedly peculiar pantheon of personal heroesMays, Robert Mitchum, Bing Crosby, Thelonious Monk, and D. H. Lawrence–have no doubt all fallen off the radar screens of the majority of people from 5 to 25. Except, perhaps, for Monk, who is oddly the subject of at least two children’s picture books. Life is definitely weird (and sad).

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After more than 30 years at Booklist, editor and publisher Bill Ott continues to edit the crime fiction section of the magazine and still delights in discovering new hard-boiled writers.

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