A persistent muddler, writing and saying the opposite of what he means. Fails to correct this by real revision or thought. Has possibilities.” -- That's a blurb from the 1930 report card of one Roald Dahl, alternately beloved and reviled children's author. This New Yorker piece is a sort of survey of all the reasons adults don't seem to like him. Bah! What's not to like?

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