Former George H. W. Bush senior speech writer and author Christopher Buckley returns to Forum to talk about his latest book, "They Eat Puppies, Don't They?" It's a comic novel satirizing U.S.-China relations, political subterfuge and America's ongoing fascination with the Dalai Lama.
On writing and Joseph Heller:
I was a friend of Joe Heller's and rather a close friend and Catch-22 is probably the great satire of the 20th century. I was very tickled to be asked to write the introduction to the 50th anniversary editiion to Catch-22. Catch-22 was first published in October of 1961 and it never made the New York Times Bestseller List and has since sold 20 million copies. So to all you writers out there who don't make the New York Times Bestseller List at first, hang in there.
Most writers will say that if you come up with interesting characters they'll do a lot of the work themselves.