Saturday, May 28, 2011

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thanks to Miss Molly O'Neill, the source of much goodness in the world!

21 comments:

Feaky Snucker said...

I love this so much.

ZapAdRem said...

Can I get this tattooed on my mind?

L.G.Smith said...

I want a poster for my office. Brilliant.

Josin L. McQuein said...

Someone should do one from the POV of inside a dreary hospital room. That would be perfect.

Sarah W said...

This is why I'm a librarian. And a reader. And a writer.

Thank you for the reminder.

Corinne O'Flynn said...

awesome!

earth said...

So true. Which is why the fantasy world you create for that kid has to be well-crafted and solid. Else his crutch or support crumbles, and there he is, back in his own dreary, dark world.

Angie said...

Beautiful!

Jen said...

Wonderful!

Shakespeare said...

Wow. Yes, that is exactly why I read. And write.

Thank heaven for books!

Kristi Bernard said...

This is soooo true and absolutely wonderful!

Jane said...

Thank you for this.

In his essay "On Fairy Stories," JRR Tolkien addressed the accusation that fiction was "escapist." His response was that of course someone trapped in a prison seeks an escape. We don't think it's abnormal for a prisoner to dream of escape, and when we consider the evils of the world, it should similarly not be considered abnormal to seek a way out.

The way the child in the picture feels about reading is the way I feel about writing.

Bryce Daniels said...

LOVE this.

Talk about a picture being worth a thousand words. Wow.

Anne-Marie said...

This is why I read books to my students, and why I read and write. beautiful. Thanks.

Annette said...

Wow. I'm stealing this for my computer's wallpaper. Love it.

jjdebenedictis said...

That is freakin' wonderful.

I wish they had put in a child of colour rather than a blond boy, however. It would be more in keeping with the reality of who usually needs to escape a terrible urban environment, if only in his or her own head.

Molly O'Neill said...

I like (but am unsurprised) that Shakespeare comments on your blog.

John Wiswell said...

Haha, very cute.

Jenn Chushcoff said...

Such truth!

Elisabeth Black said...

That is great!

Sasha Barin said...

This pic got modified into a demotivator... originally it had a more optimistic label. It's from a Russian social ad which said: "Reading isn't harmful. Not reading is."