It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer

Points to orlaith, scalzi and cedarlibrarian (and probably countless others who came by after them) for identifying this quote from Charlotte’s Web. (I have no idea what these points can be redeemed for. But do try to use them only for good.) (I bet they’re kinda like the tickets at Chuck E Cheese, which means you’d need more points than anyone can collect just to get a pencil or temporary tattoo, anyway.)

Been rereading Charlotte’s Web and struck throughout by how dark a book this actually is in many ways–E.B. White actually does understand the sharp edges that are part of life on a farm (and life in general), and he doesn’t deny them at all. (I note that Fern may want to save Wilbur’s life, but she still eats bacon for breakfast.) And yet the voice he uses for the story–makes those sharp edges feel less harsh, and makes a story about them compelling and charming and deeply moving, without making readers feel like they’ve been roughed over in the process.

There’s something to be learned, there.

Meanwhile, I’m not sure I wanted to know about Charlotte’s Web 2: Wilbur’s Great Adventure. Wrong on So Many Levels.

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