Jamie Stack

August 19, 2001

Post #1359 – 20010819

Hi DP,

Greetings from Ireland! It’s 1 am now, as I sit hunched over my mothers laptop. I am only 12 years old, but an aspiring writer. Your books are mind expanding, inspiring, original and most importantly lovable. I have not yet attempted anything as…daring as you, but I am getting there-only yesterday I wrote my first Kevin Shapiro story. You see, I believe your literature has an effect on people, or maybe, people, certain people, GRAVITATE towards your works. I don’t know what it is Mr. Pinkwater, but your books have got something that others lack. I can’t put my finger on it, but it’s there, and its good. Just the other day, I sat my mother down with The last guru. After she had finished it, some hours later, she declared it was the best book she had ever read.

Now, If it could be done, to print out 6 billion copies of Borgel, in every language on this planet, and distribute them, the world would be a better place. Of course, they’d have to be printed on recycled paper, if it could be done.

Waka Waka,

Jamie Stack, Ireland

ps I used to live in California

pss Did kids look at you strangely when you were a kid? Only recently I overheard a conversation at school, “Jamie’s crazy all right, but he isn’t THAT cracked”. Should I take it as [a compliment?]

Daniel replies:

What impresses me most about your testimony, Jamie Stack, is that your poor mother has never read a better book than The Last Guru. I don't know what's to be done with a mature woman, the mother of a 12-year-old, and owner of a laptop, who has been literarily deprived to such an extent. In your own case, your youth excuses you--besides, look at who brought you up! You are a good child, and perhaps together you and your mom can grope your way to some decent level of appreciation.