Wednesday, June 27, 2001

Kid-Lit Addiction

I'm addicted. Not to cigarettes. Not to love. But to the books of Lemony Snicket. For the last week, Snicket's fiction series "A Series of Unfortunate Events" is all I've been reading. On the train. Eating dinner at Charlie's Kitchen. At home. Late at night as the rain hits the windowpane. Last night I read two books in the series. This morning I started the sixth of seven. And you know what? I think this addiction is most fortunate. Most fortunate, indeed. I haven't devoured children's books like this since I was a kid, and I think the Baudelaire siblings kick the pants off Harry Potter. Snicket's sense of humor, respect for kids' smarts, Gorey-esque darkness, and pacing is impressive and inspiring.

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