At interesting interview. The sad part, for me, was this reference to John D. McDonald:
King is sanguine. “You know what you can’t tell what is going to last, what’s not going to last. There’s Kurt Vonnegut quote about John D. McDonald saying “200 years from now, when people want to know what the 20th century they ll go to John D. McDonald”, but I’m not sure that’s true – it seems like he’s almost been forgotten. But I try and reread a John D. McDonald novel whenever I come down here.” (MacDonald’s name misspelled)
I have fond memories of reading John D. MacDonald, back in then 70′s and ’80s. I read the entire Travis McGee series twice, the second time in the sequence they were written—good stuff. And his Clemmie from 1958 was an amazing work, a book hard to find these days.