MAGIC BOOKS

Gift for the dear son, the hugest comic book fan ever: a history of comics.

Art takes many forms and there are many ways to enjoy it. The dear GRANDdaughter is sitting across the room from me — how lucky am I?!? And she is reading a book — an actual hard-cover book with pages to turn, and hand-written notes in the margins. She turned to the book, Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare, as a favorite pass-time activity — after she used her IT expertise to get me logged onto the new WiFi. Her Daddy is playing disc golf. We will be celebrating his birthday tonight.

When her Daddy was her age, he loved comic books. He still does. He has bought and sold many hundreds; in past summers, they have worked together in the comic-book-business. Tonight, for his birthday, one of his presents will be a huge “history of comics” book: The Comics, The Complete Collection by Brian Walker. It is divided by decades, so I’m hoping some sections will strike a chord with him.

A symphony is music; so is rap. Lady Midnight is literature; so is a comic book. And I am glad that people read! I am also happy for private collections and book stores and public libraries.

“What is more important in a library than anything else — than everything else — is the fact that it exists.” Archibald MacLeish