Excerpted from "The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012." Introduction © 2012 by Ray Bradbury, Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.
When I was seven years old, I started going to the library and I took out ten books a week. The librarian looked at me and asked, "What are you doing?"
I said, "What do you mean?"
And she said, "You can't possibly read all of those before they are due back."
I said, "Yes, I can."
And I came back the next week for ten more books.
In doing so, I told that librarian, politely, to get out of my way and let me happen.
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