Monday, February 25, 2002

"Where did you go? Out. What did you do? Nothing"

That's the title of a book by Robert Paul Smith, originally published in 1957. It was #6 non-fiction book for the year 1957, which incidentally was the year "Atlas Shrugged" reached #10 on the fiction list.

It was written by a 41 year old father, who contrasts his kids' times (the 50's) with his own back in the 1920's. Somehow he got by without the Internet, PCs, video games, TV, or even radio. He says he got by doing a lot of nothing, and gives countless examples. It's a brief but fascinating, dated but timeless look at boyhood.

It will be hard to find, but worth a look.

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