Apr 032012

Joel Stein wrote an annoying little article in the New York Times recently where he castigated adults for reading YA fiction. I would rebut his article in detail, but a much better writer than I has already done so. Indeed, he did it 60 years ago. I repeat it here for your benefit.

Critics who treat adult as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence. And in childhood and adolescence they are, in moderation, healthy symptoms. Young things ought to want to grow. But to carry on into middle life or even into early manhood this concern about being adult is a mark of really arrested development. When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.

– C. S. Lewis

  One Response to “C.S. Lewis on Joel Stein”

  1. […] Speaking of that, C.S. Lews basically owned Stein – He just did it a long time ago. […]

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