One of the great things about being in publishing is that I get to read books when they're still in manuscript form. I'm reading one now, and it's incredible. And it means that I can't post the last paragraph I read.
And that inspired me to set the manuscript down and pick up another morning routine -- one that I did for all the years I worked in journalism: Flip through Zite (best. app. ever.) and find something new.
And I found this:
I tried to get my 10-year-old son to read George Orwell's Animal Farm recently. He read a few pages gamely, but was mostly uninterested. He'd much prefer to chug along in The Blood of Olympus, the last massive volume in Rick Riordan's massive Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. An adventure story about demigods kicking butt beat an acerbic parable about the failures of Communism. No wonder totalitarianism is winning.
--- "Young Adult Fiction Doesn't Need to Be a 'Gateway' to the Classics", The Atlantic,
by Noah Berlatsky, first paragraph.
This is the last paragraph I read. And now I'm off to read the rest of the article.