Bob Cox spotted This Sunspot.net Story on Judy Blume, and her visit to Park School students in Baltimore.
They say Judy Blume wished aloud that she could speak to kids at a public school, too. In fact she wished she could talk to kids more often. On the other hand, it's a mystery to her why anybody thinks that writers who hide themselves away to get their ideas on paper could possibly feel comfortable standing before hundreds of kids.
Luckily, Judy Blume is a ham, a frustrated actress, and her performance yesterday was much like what happens in her books: She offers humor, empathy, solace, maybe even enlightenment, whether it's related to fear of putting your face underwater - as in Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great - or adolescent struggles with puberty and religion, as in Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.