As Gently as a Tree Falls

Sixty years after Antoine de Saint Exupéry, author of The Little Prince, disappeared while conducting aerial surveillance photography for the Allies during World War II, parts of his plane have been found where it presumably crashed into the sea.

If you haven’t yet read The Little Prince, or have not read it recently, by all means do so. I first read it as a child, having discovered an old, 1943-edition paperback among the dusty books in the cabinet under the family altar. Since then I’ve read it at least three times more, and have come away from the reading with something new each time.

Pilots, astronomers, boa constrictors, and readers everywhere lift a toast to you, Monsieur Antoine, as you now fly among the stars.