Art began his talk by describing some of the books that had influenced him when he was a child. At the top of his list was Tolkien's The Hobbit, and the Chronicles of Prydain, by Lloyd Alexander. Art said he'd read both of these in fourth grade, and they changed his life.
|Me, the summer I read The Hobbit. I was so taken with the book that I faked sick|
and read the book in the motel as
the rest of my family explored the Grand Canyon.