Ten or fifteen years ago, I bought a book titled Mondo Canine, a collection of pictures, quotes and excerpts about dogs, woven together with connecting essays by the author, Jon Winokur. That became such a favorite, that I kept it on the coffee table in my hangar, where it remained, and still does, for all those years.
One day, Tony Bill, a barnstormer who flew rides for my biplane operation, was wasting time between flights when he knew damn well he should have been wiping oil off the belly of the old plane. Lounging around on the couch, he spotted Mondo Canine and said, "Hey, that's Jon's book!"
Jon was a friend of his. He had introduced me to Jon, we had had lunch together - but in another sign of my towering intellect, I hadn't put the name together with my favorite dog book. Jon and I (he may make me retract this statement) became fast friends.
Anyway, Jon Winokur has written too many books to count (though you can get an idea on his multiple Amazon pages). Among them are The Portable Curmudgeon, The Big Book of Irony, The Garner Files - the list literally goes on and on.
On top of all that, Jon operates the web site, Advice to Writers - named for yet another of his books. ATW is a rich resource for writers and readers, filled with quotes, links, tips and one-on one interviews with not only great authors, but now, me, too.