We had the opportunity to see Stephen King talk last night, at a show presented by our friends at Literary Arts. Now, we’ll be the first to admit that we’ve never read one of his books, but he’s an influence in popular culture that you just can’t avoid, so it seemed like a great opportunity.

The best part of the evening was listening to him tell stories about his own life. He’s a funny guy, not afraid to swear and make fun of himself, and on stage he struck me as having as much in common with a comedian as a horror writer.

In the second half of the evening, he took a stack of cards from the audience and proceeded to answer questions. One, however, was not a question, but a request to wish a happy birthday to a woman in the theater who was turning 50 on that day. Mr. King led the entire audience through a moving rendition of “Happy Birthday,” only to realize afterwards that he’d read her name wrong. Oops.

“Well, it’s the thought that counts, right?” he said.

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