Saturday, April 24, 2010

Is There A Reader In The House?

I'm not trying to tell teachers news about their children - how could there be any news they don't know? - but, being asked, I could report something about children that was news to me. They don't read. The way I found out was their invariable response to my invariable response to a question asked me as a writer about the best way to learn to write. "Read," I replied. To which they replied, "Read?" They were incredulous that reading had anything to do with it. And the implication was that if it had, then that was just too high a price to pay.

- Eudora Welty, Is There A Reader In The House? (1955)


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