Our cult of decade anniversaries—the tenth of 9/11, the twentieth of “Nevermind”—are for the most part mere accidents of our fingers: because we’ve got five on each hand, we count things out in tens and hundreds. And yet the fifty-year birthday of a good children’s book marks a real passage, since it means that the book hasn’t been passed just from parent to child but from parent to child and on to child again.
— ‘Broken Kingdom: Fifty Years of “The Phantom Tollbooth”’ by Adam Gopnik at The New Yorker
Later the article mentions an “Annotated Phantom Tollbooth”. #christmaslist