June 27, 2009
Cross-reference these two:
- Joanne McNeil explains why teenagers read better than you. (“China Mieville, at his talk at the Harvard Bookstore a few weeks ago, said he wrote his YA book ‘Un Lun Dun’ because he’s ‘jealous of the way [young people] read.’”)
- Michael Chabon writes about the lost wildness of childhood. (It made me remember roaming deep in the thickets that curled around my subdivision, ears perking up when my mom called my name from far down the street — because it was time for dinner.)
I think the rumors of childhood’s death are exaggerated. I base this not on any first-hand experience with children — I have none — but rather on my skepticism that mass media, in any format, can ever match, in terms of pure play potential, a glade of trees and some fallen sticks.