Author: Ann Patchett
This is one of those commencement-address-turned-bestsellers that have become so ubiquitous over the last fifteen or twenty years.
But this one is different. This one is by Ann Patchett, a best-selling author who’s been published ceaselessly since 1992.
She is good. No, she is great. She is one of the American authors of this and last century who will be around for a long, long time. Her books will still be printed, bought, and read fifty years after she is no longer, probably a hundred years.
Well. I say this assuming that in a hundred years the earth is still inhabitable and not under the iron-fisted rule of maybe three dictators who have enslaved the entire population of the planet. I’m not even sure about what’s going to happen in the next 50 years.
This 97-page book is really, really padded out with all kinds of pictures on, I’d say, two-thirds of the pages, but it’s okay: Chip Kidd designed it. You can always trust Chip Kidd. And Ann Patchett. Always trust Ann Patchett.