Elliott: Why are they talking on the radio about burning books?
Mom: Oh, some clueless moron in Florida wants to burn the Koran because he thinks--
(long pause while Mom figures out how to explain all this to a very curious ten-year-old)
Mom: Let's just say that there's some guy who wants to burn a book to get attention. And it's working.
Elliott: But why would someone burn a book? What's so wrong with a book that someone would burn it?
Mom: Nothing. Books don't have feelings. They're only words on a page.
Miriam: I love books.
Elliott: I don't think they should burn it.
Mom: I don't either.
Elliott: I think they should READ it.
Mom: You're right. If more people read more books, the world would be a happier place.
Miriam: I READ BOOKS!
Mom: I'm not worried about you, honey. It's the rest of the world I'm worried about.
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