Those are Philip Pullman’s shoes resting comfortably on the floor of my apartment this past Wednesday. Nice touch, those laces, don’t you think?
As I wrote in my previous post, child_lit has been a very important part of my life. Other subscribers also value it a great deal, among them Philip who joined, quite spectacularly, in 1998. He had recently written an essay for the Guardian, “The Dark Side of Narnia”, in which he had expressed forcefully his opinion of C. S. Lewis’s children’s classic. The debate was heady and heated on the list when we received the following message, “How do I subscribe to this group? And what happens when I do?” from the man of the hour — Philip Pullman himself. Since some of the posters had been pretty hostile to Philip’s ideas and most of us didn’t know him at all, this was quite something. “Wow,” I thought. “Now sparks will really fly!” Well, actually they didn’t because Philip then and now is gracious, considerate, and thoughtful. He’s been an active member of child_lit ever since.
And so this past Wednesday, there he was in my apartment along with his delightful wife Jude (a long-time child_lit lurker), Michael Joseph, Uli Knoepflmacher, fairrosa, and a handful of the more vociferous local child_lit subscribers. We toasted him, ate excellent New York pizza (V & T’s next time you are in the vicinity of Columbia University), enjoyed the most adorable cookies, and had a Halloween we will never forget.
Here are several golden monkeys, Lyra, a couple of Ioreks, Hester, Pan, and a few other daemons.
Michael and Philip