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Opinion

Alex Beam

Let childhood be

For years I wanted “Doonesbury” creator Garry Trudeau to win the Pulitzer Prize for commentary; he’s 20 times more interesting and engaged than any columnist I read. Similarly, I wanted Bill Watterson, of “Calvin and Hobbes” fame, to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.

You think I’m joking. But if great literature tells timeless stories and evokes sincere, conflicting emotions in its readers, well then I’m sorry, Ms. Munro — you will have to step aside for the 6-year-old terror of Miss Wormwood’s first-grade classroom and his unstuffy tiger, Hobbes.

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