Local library has reading competition every summer. One lad wins it five years in a row, reading a total of 373 books. Horrified officials bar him from further competition:
According to the librarian who made this idiotic decision, Tyler [Weaver] “hogs” the contest. So, instead of actually having the contest be about merit and who actually does the work of reading the most age-appropriate books (Tyler hit 63 this summer, by the way), in the future the “winner” will be determined by a random drawing! So, the contest is now turning into, as we used to say in elementary school, a booby prize.
I say, bump the kid — he’s nine now — up to reading higher-level stuff. It surely can’t hurt him. I suggest Vonnegut’s Welcome to the Monkey House collection, which includes the highly pertinent short story “Harrison Bergeron.”