Okay, so it wasn’t really Jack Reacher’s button, but a button from the shirt of his creator, Lee Child, whom I’m fortunate to call a friend. A few years ago, I was at Lee’s apartment, about to throw something in his kitchen garbage, when I spotted one of his familiar button-down shirts in the bag.
“Do you know there’s a shirt in your garbage?”
“Who do you think put it there?” (Yes, he has a way of talking like Reacher.)
Ever curious, I plucked it out expecting to find a coffee stain or cigarette burn, since Lee pretty much lives on coffee and cigarettes. Its only flaw was a missing button.
Not surprisingly, the man who created Jack Reacher – moving town to town with nothing but a toothbrush – doesn’t own a sewing kit. I, however, own an entire sewing basket filled with an array of threads and notions. A shirt was saved, and a friendship sealed.
I know many of you enjoy Lee Child’s books, so I thought you might enjoy an article the Wall Street Journal recently published about his fuss-free, no-clutter apartment life here in New York. The button story works its way in, as do a couple of quotes from me and Lee’s brother, Andrew Grant.