First, I must admit that I have read only two John Steinbeck novels - The Pearl and The Grapes of Wrath, and I disliked both of them. But I remember them well enough to know that Steinbeck is a really evocative writer who understood the times about which he was writing. I just didn't really enjoy the books at all. I plan to give East of Eden a try one day, and I feel like that day may be coming sooner or later because I read this blog post, with a letter that Steinbeck wrote to his son on different types of love. And it is just so generous and good and kind that now I want to read more Steinbeck and fall in love with him because I know that he would understand exactly the sort of love that a reader can feel for a book, and that is just lovely.
In case you don't want to click over, I'll just tell you the key line from the excerpted letter:
And don’t worry about losing. If it is right, it happens — The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.