Dear Mr. Forman,
I recently had the privilege of meeting Cory Doctorow during a book signing in San Diego. He asked me to tell you a story that I told him, so here goes...
I first encountered a copy of Cory's book "Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom" in a remainder pile at a university book store. I picked it up and started reading, but I just couldn't get into it. Hearing it in my own head with my own voice just made it sound stupid to me, I think primarily because the word "bitchin" was one I associated with my days in high school. Anyway, I decided not to buy it.
Then you started your podcast of "Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom". Hearing you read the story transformed it into something I could appreciate. Your earthy vocal style is a perfect match for the material. You did a great job on it and I wanted to thank you. Because of you I got into more of Cory's stuff via his podcasts and my life is the richer for it.
While I'm at it, thanks as well for reading Lawrence Lessig's book, "Free Culture". Your work on that and promoting free culture generally on your podcast are a real service to the internet community.
I must also tell you how much I enjoyed hearing you on Michael and Evo's Wingin' It last year! You displayed a quick wit which kinda surprised me because you sound so laid back to me. It sounded like you were having a good time which always makes for good listening.
I was saddened to learn about Joe Murphy's death recently. I never met him but I feel like I had because I'd heard so much of his voice. My condolences to you on the passing of your friend. He will be missed.
I guess I had more to say than I expected...the main thing is, thanks very much for your good work. I look forward to hearing what you will do in the future!
What could I possibly say other than, "you had me at Cory Doctorow...."