Have you ever walked into a bookstore to discover a long, lost friend, signing books at their own book signing? Well I have!

This is P.M. Forni, who was signing the latest copy of his book (The Thinking Life: How to Thrive in the Age of Distraction) at the Towson Barnes and Noble Saturday.  You can catch his recenti(-ish) interview with Dan Rodricks here.

But get this:  he was my dissertation advisor!  I feel sort of famous by association.  And tremendously grateful to Bill for recognizing Professor Forni’s name and pointing him out to me.

I guess it’s true:  they don’t call it “Smalltimore” for nothing.