Who’s the subject of my next biography? Yesterday, over on Twitter, I let slip that it was yet another American pop culture icon. That led to a number of good guesses: Walt Disney. Elvis. Stan Lee. Frank Oz. Johnny Carson.
All good guesses, but wrong.
Here’s another hint.
Got it yet?
Pretty much every book talk biographers do ends with the inevitable question, “What are you working on now?” (As I always joke, the BIO conference and the AVN awards are the only two venues where people greet each other by asking, “Who are you doing next?”) As I indicated in this article that ran in my local newspaper yesterday, I’ve been circling for several months now a really terrific subject for Book Four — and I’ll tell you more shortly. Stay tuned.
Over at BIO, we’ve narrowed our list of Plutarch Award nominees from ten (see the list just below) to a literary Final Four. You can see ’em in the pic above. And a really interesting bunch they are.
Voting stays open until May 15, which means once I finish George Lucas (should happen by the end of the weekend), I can get to reading these terrific books. I’m especially looking forward to reading Peter Guralnick’s Sam Phillips, mainly because his Elvis book Careless Love is one of my favorite books of all time. And I’m not even an Elvis fan, thangyewverrahmush.
A reviewer for The Washington Post once remarked that when it comes to choosing biographical subjects, I seemed to have a fondness for “slightly off-center American geniuses.” I liked that a lot, and I have to say that’s actually very true. And if I had to get even more specific, I’d say my particular proclivity — at least at the moment — would seem to be for Enigmatic American Pop Culture Icons. Once you’ve done Washington Irving and Jim Henson, then, I think the next one should be obvious.
With that in mind, then, I’m thrilled to finally Officially Announce The Subject of My Next Book:
C’mon, I don’t really have to tell you who that is, do I?
It’s George Lucas. And if I hit all my marks, you should have it in your hands in the Spring of 2016.