I'm curious: why did King write this column? I don't remember reading too many of them or what they were about, but I recall enjoying his opinions and essays. When I ask why he wrote them, I mean to say were they just purely for fun or was there some promotional angle involved? I very much doubt he was paid a lot for them (although correct me if I am wrong on that, certainly). Was it a way to get free advertising when a book was published? Was the gig a favor to a friend over at the magazine? If he did them for fun, why not continue writing little blog posts here on the site? I think we all wouldn't mind that. And how many columns did he produce?