I'm in my office right now, and a kid in his mid-teens, probably a recruit, just peeked meekly in my door.

"Excuse me," he said, "But I just read The Crucible for my class, and I was wondering if I can take a picture of your name on your door to show them?"

Sure, I said.

As he was taking the photo, his dad appeared. "Oh, did he write a book you read for class?"

"No," the kid replied, "He's in a book we read."

AuthorJohn Proctor