Did you have an imagination when you were a kid? Then you need to read this.
It’s from Bob Wallace, who gave up on reading because the schools leached all the wonder out of it. Then, when he was 11, he found his first John Carter, Warlord of Mars book.
Anybody else in here remember that day? When you opened a crappy old book, one with words and no pictures or nothin’, and magic happened?
Bob says that we’re not doing the kids any favor by sanitizing their reading material.
“If stories for kids are boring, kids certainly aren’t going to want to read. And if they don’t read, then they can’t take much advantage of all the knowledge available in literature. That’s saying bye-bye to all the accumulated wisdom of the human race.”
Go read his post. It’s not Burroughs, but there’s still a little magic in there.
(Big hat tip to Trajectory at The Beagle Express, who’s another fellow who remembers.)