I like this post for so many reasons. Especially the parenthetical “confessions”. I wasn’t this kind of kid, but I wish I was.
My heart sank when I saw the recent news that Britannica was discontinuing the print version of its encyclopedias. I understand the reasons behind the decision. I do. But I also feel like we’re losing something in saying goodbye to those clunky old volumes.
When I was a kid (Warning: I am about to expose my true nerdiness here) one of the greatest days of my childhood was the day I got to move our family’s 1966 World Book Encyclopedias into my bedroom. The youngest of four kids, I’d had access to them on the den bookshelves since before I could remember, but there was something amazing about having all that knowledge living in my bedroom, as if it might soak into me while I slept.
I was – and still am – interested in so many things. It’s one of the reasons I write such a wide variety of…
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