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10 Reasons Why Michael Chabon Should Be Your Spirit Guide

The celebrated author of The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Wonder Boys, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay turns 51 on May 24. As part of an appreciation celebration, here are some words of wisdom and a few other reasons for why he should be the one to hold your hand throughout life.

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2. His success didn't turn him into a jerk

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He used to include his email in the dust jackets of his books and on his website in order to chat with fans about his novels. He only removed his email when his popularity got to the point where he wouldn't be able to personally respond to every fan.

4. He proved you can channel your passions into success

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Based on his love for comic books, he wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. Dark Horse Comics would later give the comic book character in the novel its own series: The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist.

He also writes many screenplays for comic book adaptations including John Carter and Spider-Man 2. Check out a scene from his original script for Spider Man 2 here.

If you think Michael Chabon is as great as we do, get an introduction to his writings by checking out his short story collection, A Model World. Happy Birthday, Mr. Chabon!