A Creature Uniquely Designed for Reading
'The salient fact of an adolescent girl’s existence is her need for a secret emotional life—one that she slips into during her sulks and silences, during her endless hours alone in her room, or even just when she’s gazing out the classroom window while all of Modern European History, or the niceties of the passé composé, sluice past her. This means that she is a creature designed for reading in a way no boy or man, or even grown woman, could ever be so exactly designed, because she is a creature whose most elemental psychological needs—to be undisturbed while she works out the big questions of her life, to be hidden from view while still in plain sight, to enter profoundly into the emotional lives of others—are met precisely by the act of reading.'
--from What Girls Want, the latest Atlantic Monthly article from the scary-good pen of literary provocateur Caitlin Flanagan. We've been reading her work so closely, for so long and with such interest that we simply can't believe we've never mentioned her here before now. We hope our gentle readers will be merciful in this holiday season, and consider that serious omission to be more misdemeanor than felony. We can't help but wonder what our friend Christine, the former next-gen librarian and savvy arbiter of all things YA (young adult), would make of all this.