With apologies to librarians
Let children read to you.
Let children read in private.
Let children tear the pages of a book in their eagerness to read the story.
Let children drag a book around behind them by a center page as if it were a stuffed animal.
Let children paw the pages and rest their entire body weight on the spine.
Let children feel as if the book is an extension of themselves.
Last week Roald Dahl’s widow, Felicity Dahl, revealed in a BBC interview that Charlie from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was originally a black character.
Mr. Dahl’s biographer, Donald Sturrock, elaborated on this:
“It was his agent who thought it was a bad idea when the book was first published to have a black hero,” Mr. Sturrock said. “She said people would ask why.”
Do I even need to get into the problems with lack of diversity in publishing?
The New York Times offers more details about the BBC interview in this article.
Chris Kyle gives a well-written, detailed account of US military life during the Iraq War. If you’re seeking to understand the mindset of Iraq War veterans, American Sniper might be a good place to start.
I’m currently reading Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance. I’m terribly bored reading it, but I’m suffering through it because it was recommended by a friend.