Tom Clancy, R.I.P.

 Tom Clancy, who died yesterday, understood the long-term good that writing could provide


”Literature means a hundred years after you’re dead they make kids read you in high school. I’m in the entertainment business, like John D. MacDonald, Jack Higgins and Freddie Forsyth. Our mission is to take people away from driving trucks or fixing toilets or whatever they do, away from their drudgery. That’s a good enough purpose for any man.”

-The author Tom Clancy, in an interview with The New York Times in 1988.

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