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Mind if I ramble? I was an early reader and had a library card at about the time I started school. My parents guided me to the children’s classics and that’s what I read. Then, at about nine or so I was in a bookstore and spent a whole shilling on an ‘adult’ book. It was John Campbell’s Who Goes There?. Speculative science fiction. You may remember it as the movie The Thing.

I have a phrase “How long has this been going on and how come nobody told me about it?” Fishing was one and reading other than books with pictures was another. Sure, my decision to read science-fiction (later, in Canada, spending all my allowance at 35 cents per copy of Amazing and others) was derided as indulging in pulp but, to me, that’s where the exciting reading and writing was. It fed a hunger I didn’t know I had.

The result? I could say that initial exposure contributed to my catholic reading regimen: oh, hell, let’s read it and find out what. Rarely have I not finished a book. Yes, some were a waste of time and I then didn’t follow up on that author yet there have been times when reading a novel I have sat back and said I want more of that writer. So much more that I hie down to a bookstore (increasingly more electronically) and buy up all by that author.

The result of that? Shelves of books. When someone comes to visit they see shelves and shelves and say, “Have you read all of these?” I have two replies: “Yes, some of them twice,” and “Hell, no\. I buy them by the yard for decoration.” Depends on who’s asking.

I have to amend one statement. I have never wasted time reading. Okay, time could be better spent yet reading this and that teaches and I learn.

Still think one of the best pieces of writing included: “Shut up,” he explained.”

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