I don’t think people are being taught how to read. I saw Michael Gove being attacked for saying that children should read Dryden. Well, children should. I read Dryden. I can still quote you Dryden. [He does so, at length.] The minute you give children books that are ‘relevant’ to them, you are depriving them of a real education. Reading is about discovering other lives than your own.”
Via Norm Geras, who recalls his teenage preference for books about escapes from German and Japanese POW camps.
I liked fantasy, adventure and historical fiction. I read science fiction too. And biography and history. I loved Dickens. Books about girls who lived in boring suburbs were just about the only books I didn’t read.