Harper Lee

Answer one question or many - using words, photos or other media.

If you could send Harper Lee a message now, what would you say?

Jana Melpolder
Thank you for crying out for greater social justice through your writing. Your words have been powerful for many generations both in the past as well as today!
Elizabeth Sams
Thank you for To Kill a Mockingbird. All the rest is just noise.

What's your favorite moment from To Kill A Mockingbird?

Steven Waldman
One of my favorite moments from the movie was when the kids save Atticus by scaring away a lynch mob
Ju-Don Marshall
I loved this line by Atticus: "Before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience."

Which is better: the book or the movie?

Amy Cunningham
Well, this is one of the most cosmic questions of all time. Both the book and the movie were exquisite, enlightened by an expansive view of what a childhood becomes when reviewed through the prisms of memory. For some reason, it's the opening credits of the movie that always make me cry: the anonymous child's meditative singing, playing, humming, the Joseph Cornell-like box of precious objects representative of innocence, loss, and coming catastrophe...

What impact did To Kill a Mockingbird have on you?

Elizabeth Sams
I grew up in the grudgingly desegregating south of the late 50s and 60s. It's difficult to overstate the importance this book had on me and a lot of others of my generation. It made the polite "things have always been this way" racism of the prevailing culture suddenly visible and unsustainable. And Atticus Finch set an indelible standard for how not to go along.

What did you think of Go Set A Watchman?

jesse kornbluth
Encouraged (or guided) by greedy advisers and publishers, she spent her last year diminishing her legacy --- in “Go Set a Watchman,” a first draft of her masterpiece, she pretty much had Atticus Finch kill a mockingbird. Too bad.

The question I always want to ask Presidential candidates: “What’s your favorite book?” Until recently, the answer would likely be: “To Kill a Mockingbird.” My follow-up question: “In that novel, because it’s the right thing, Atticus Finch takes a case he knows he will lose. When was the last time you took on a cause that you knew was doomed?” Likely response: silence. Suggestion:

Give your copy of “Watchman” to Goodwill. Re-read the novel that, so long ago, inspired you.

Which character in To Kill A Mockingbird did you identify with most?