I am just going to have to learn to save my work. The thing is, I really don't have the best memory.
I was intrigued to see one of the cover articles on Entertainment magazine titled The Best Book You Can't Read. Stephen King has been a writer for the magazine for a little while and I was interested enough to open the magazine and find the article. I am not normally an Entertainment magazine type of guy. No offense intended. Click here for an article from Los Angeles magazine that tells the whole story.
I expected to read about some long lost classic that Mr. King had rediscovered. No. It turns out that the simple reason you have never read this book is because it has never been printed. This book is The Memory Of Running by Ron McLarty.
A little background is in order. Ron McLarty has appeared on stages and in films. He has been on Spencer For Hire, Cop Rock, and Trinity. He is a novelist, playwright, director, and accomplished musician. OK, Ron McLarty is a performer for Recorded Books. He wrote The Memory Of Running
in 1995 and in 2000 Recorded Books published it, as an audiobook. So, no printed book exists, yet.
I was lucky enough to pull some strings and get a copy for myself, on Mr. Kings recommendation.
I listened to the book at home, while I was doing a rare chore or two, and agreed that it is the best book I never read. As a matter of fact, it is one of the best books that I have read as well. I feel that listening to an audiobook is akin to reading it. In fact, my good friend, Stephen King, agrees with me wholeheartedly. In the afterword to his novel Dark Tower V, Wolves Of The Calla, performed by George Guidall, he states that listening to a book allows for no cheating. You can't skip words or scan the page looking for your favorite sex scenes
. More on this later. At last word, Ron McLarty's great book not only is scheduled to become a real book, but is also going to be brought to the big screen, by no less than Peter Jackson. OK, that is just a rumor that I am starting as a joke. My good friend Peter will understand. Keep an eye out for The Memory Of Running, it is a great read.