August 13, 2019

Do you realize that you are one of the greatest storytellers and authors of all time?

Dearest Mr. Pinkwater,
I’m contacting you to express the gratitude that I have towards you and your wife for the positive impact and perception changing influence you’ve had on my life. I’m 47 years old and I because reading your books when I was about 10 years old. I believe my first was the Hoboken Chicken Emergency, but it’s hard to recall exactly, because I immediately started to read anything and everything I could find at my local library in downtown Decatur, Georgia that was written by you.
Lizard Music, Yobgorgle, The Last Guru, and Alan Mendelssohn the Boy from Mars were my favorites then, and still, to this day. I even stress eating anchovies, calamari, and more exotic foods as a child because of your books.
As an adult, The Afterlife Diet impressed me and inspired me further in my career as a chef. I just wanted to thank you and your wife personally for all that you have contributed to education for young minds all over the world.
I apologize if my writing is rambling or not particularly cohesive. I’m not very good with technology or letter writing.
Anyway, I send much love and respect to you.

Your fan for life,
Steven Miller

Daniel replies:

It is OK. You are a chef. You are not a word guy. You have read and enjoyed some books, but I'm guessing not a vast number of books, not all the books, and possibly you didn't sign up for many literature courses. It is OK for you to think I am one of the greatest storytellers and authors of all time. You like the stuff I write, and that is good enough for me. I like fine cooking, but I don't really know a lot about it. We do our best, try to include love in the stuff we make, always know there's room for improvement, and some people get what we do. I'll settle for being the best storyteller and author I can be. How about you, Chef?