A Sweet Farewell
It happens to me at the end of every year--that tendency to glance back nostalgically, usually at writers we have lost. In 2008 we saw the passing of David Foster Wallace, Arthur C. Clarke and Alexander Solzhenitsyn, three monumental authors consumed by three very different passions that even death won't dim.
My nostalgia this year is made deeper by the fact that I will be leaving my post as editor of Book World on December 31. For 15 years I have had the privilege and honor of serving the best book review section in the country. Few newspapers value books as deeply as The Washington Post does, and I consider myself fortunate to work for an institution whose owners and chief executives (the Graham family) have made their support for books coverage abundantly clear.
I have been lucky, too, to work with an extraordinarily talented staff of editors, writers and assistants. I will miss them greatly.
I want to take this opportunity (my final blogpost for Short Stack) to thank all of you who have made Book World a better section. To all of you who have ever written for Book World, a very deep bow. The caliber of reviewing on our pages is nothing short of superb.
I want to thank, too, all of you in the publishing business who have supported my work and who will continue to look to The Washington Post Book World for excellence in book coverage. There is much yet to do!
Last, and most important, I want to thank our readers, whose broad range of interests has always posed a constant and delightful challenge. I have greatly enjoyed working for you.
Thanks, as well, to all of you out there who read and respond to this blog, listen to our podcasts and log onto our Book World Live discussions. Your responses are invaluable.
As I move on from this editorial career to a new life as a full-time writer, I always will be grateful to the many people who have made this job such a joy.
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