It’s interesting that so many old ideas seem to come back if we wait long enough. Being in the greenhouse business, we’ve experienced incredible demand for the old heirloom tomatoes and other antique vegetables and flowers. Then I see on the news that in England when a future King is born the birth is first announced on the “Royal Golden Easel.” (Many might even wonder, “what the heck is an easel?”) It’s indeed an interesting scenario when one considers all the technology available especially in the communications area. (Got to love the British.)
As authors we are pretty much told that the shelf life of a novel is very limited in this fast-moving world. Theoretically books come out and are bought for a period of time and then wane in popularity. Yet we seem to have the classics like “Huckleberry Finn,” “Main Street,” or “The Great Gatsby” that continue to sell books after all these years.
Now I see that “1984” by George Orwell is back on the high- seller list. Most of us figured that after the year 1984 came and went, the book was surely toast. With all recent news about government surveillance, the book about “ big brother” has enjoyed a tremendous resurgence. Go figure. For authors there is eternal hope that perhaps our humble words will enjoy some sort of longevity.