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September 4, 2011

Back when they were in second grade

Below, the first two paragraphs of Alain de Botton's essay in yesterday's Wall Street Journal entitled "Facts Alone Are Feeble Fare":

I wrote my first book at the age of 8. It was the diary of my summer holiday, spent in the Normandy seaside resort of Houlgate with my parents, dog and sister.

A typical entry, headed "Wendsay 23 of August, 1978" (not dyslexia, just learning English), read: "Yestday nothing much happend. Today the wether is lovely. We went swiming for the hole day. We had salad for lunch. We had a trout for diner. After diner we saw a film about a man that found gold in Peru."

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