On Favorites: Choosing One and Being One

I’ve always had a favorite.

When I was a kid, I had a favorite stuffed animal (John-John), favorite food (macaroni and cheese), favorite cereal (Cookie Crisp), favorite show (She-Ra), favorite actor (Michael J. Fox), favorite color (red).

Judy Blume was my favorite author. Halfway Down Paddy Lane was my favorite book.

I took all these favorites quite seriously. When you’re young, favorites are one way you tell the world about yourself.

Every now and then I get a wondrous email from a reader that says:

You’re my favorite author.

It’s the most surreal phrase in the universe.

It’s impossible to describe how it feels.

So I won’t.


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