"A chief regret of being human is that it seems we are given only one human skin with which to apprehend the miracle of the universe. A single carapace of ego can inform but it can also get in our way; a single slot of airtime seems too slight for life's jobs: to breathe, to gasp, to grasp, to let go. Reading---along with dreams and, for some, listening to music-----is one of the few antidotes to the imprisonment of the self in time and space and oppressive me-ness. Reading is license and liberty; reading is release and refreshment. If I know my friends and neighbors and even my family members at all well, it is largely because I have practiced knowing the varieties of human behavior and experience through a reliable sample of ten thousand case histories, most of them administered through the aegis of the fiction room in the public library."
Gregory Maguire is the author of ten adult novels, including Wicked, which inspired the blockbuster Broadway musical. He has written two dozen children's books, essays, criticism, and he has performed original work on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" and Public Radio International's "Selected Shorts." He was a cofounder and, for twenty-five years, codirector of Children's Literature New England, Inc., a nonprofit aimed at drawing attention to the significance of literature in the lives of children.
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