Transcript: Evan Solomon "Mrs. Stacey - 1st book" | May 29, 1999

A caption against a black background reads "Evan Solomon. Writer."

Evan is in his thirties, has a soul patch, short black hair, and is wearing a black suit and a black shirt.

He says MY GRADE 6 TEACHER,
Mrs. STACEY, SHE,
IN FACT, HAD ME
WRITE MY FIRST BOOK.
AND AS GRADE 6 STUDENTS WE
HAD TO WRITE BIOGRAPHIES
OF GRADE 1 STUDENTS.
I WAS ASSIGNED A JAPANESE
KID NAMED KOHOT SATSUGI.
HE COULD BARELY SPEAK
ENGLISH, SO I THINK I
MADE UP HALF THE BOOK.
NONETHELESS, THE KEY
POINT WAS TO DO THE
RESEARCH, AND THEN THE
BOOK AT THE END WOULD BE
BOUND AND LAMINATED
AND PRESENTED AS A BOOK.
BACK THEN, THAT WAS
SERIOUS TECHNOLOGY
TO LAMINATE A BOOK.
AND WHEN I DID FINISH
THE BOOK, CALLED
"THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF KO,"
I HAD THIS INCREDIBLY
THRILLING SENSATION
OF MY FIRST BOOK.
AND A FEELING THAT I
WANTED TO DUPLICATE
AGAIN IN MY LIFE.
AND I DON'T KNOW,
TWENTY... MORE THAN
TWENTY YEARS LATER AS MY
FIRST NOVEL COMES OUT,
THAT FEELING HAS BEEN
DUPLICATED, THAT FIRST
THRILL OF SEEING
YOUR FIRST BOOK.

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