Renowned literary critic Michael Dirda, egged on by his son, opened up for an "ask me anything" session on the community website Reddit. If you like Dirda, or books, you'll probably enjoy the thread: "I am Michael Dirda, Pulitzer-Prize winning book critic who has been called the best-read man in America."
My favorite exchange:
Kiwiwastingtime: Are you a fan of Hunter S Thompson?
MichaelDirda: My copy of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is inscribed: "To Mike, with thanks for getting me the crack cocaine in Boston, Your friend, Hunter." The inscription is genuine. We won't look into what I did for Hunter in Boston. Edit--Here you go: http://i.imgur.com/VF2W1.jpg.
Read on at Reddit, and note that you'll have to click "Show more comments" at the bottom of the page repeatedly in order to see the whole exchange.
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