Forgiveness is Priceless


This one goes out to all those young delinquent readers who live in guilt-ridden fear of the public library.

That is, if you are one of the 143,000 kids who have been banned from the NY Public Library due to overdue fees over $15, you are being forgiven, freed from the shame, and welcomed into a whole new world of literacy because the library is deducting one dollar for every 15 minutes of reading as part of their Summer Reading Program. Congrats to the kids and happy forgiveness!

Sam Riley is an adult who works at McSweeney's. More from this author →