Celebrities: They’re just like us. April 11, 2010

There are more than a few famous fans who have confessed their admiration of NYRB, and the latest to fall for a Classic was actor Tom Hanks. In the March 15th issue of Time magazine, Hanks named John William’s Stoner one of his “Top Five Page Turners,” describing it as “simply a novel about a guy who goes to college and becomes a teacher. But it’s one of the most fascinating things that you’ve ever come across.”

With the Time article declaring him “American history’s highest-profile professor, bringing a nuanced view of the past into the homes and lives of countless millions,” we’d like to call out Mr. Hanks for bringing the brilliance of John Williams into the homes and hands of many more readers.