One insight I got out of this very interesting article, Michael, is that people often develop as adults based on making up for their failings as children. Linz 'was never mischievous as a child...he was absolutely perfect'. So now there is a strong desire to passionately let out feelings and not be squelched.
I was just the opposite. I was unruly, mischievous, undisciplined, and a juvenile delinquent (until I discovered books and school). And now I want to develop in myself and in the world order, politeness, and civility...the things I thumbed my nose at as a child. (My attitude to being a loud hellraiser who takes no offense lying down: Been there. Done that.)
In each case, the adult development was a good one. There was something missing in the child, and a balance needed to be struck or a more even development.
(But I bet in -both- cases, the child is still in there and comes out from time to time)
Great article, Mike! I, too, heartily recommend this book - it's a fine introduction to an extraordinary person. My only complaint is that it's too short; there's so much more that could be written about the man. (One of these days, I'd like to pen my own bio of the fellow.) (Edited by Derek McGovern on 10/15, 7:19pm)
How did that song go in Bye Bye, Birdie? "Why can't they be like we were: Perfect in every way? --- WHAT's the matter with... kids... To... day?" Linz is obviously still a 'kid.'
Would that we all were such.
We should all strive to re-attain that...recalcitrant, rebellious, obstinate, nay, obnoxious-to-'authority' (communal or 'official') framework-of-thinking Lindsay chronically advertises...WITH the 'rationale' he gives. --- Unfortunately, contrary to what Linz espouses, nay, clamors for, some of us, with 'prior' committments/obligations/ ('duties'?) just don't have the time (make of that what you wish.)
Elsewise, good post, Mike. Maybe too good. Dunno if I'll get the book (after your 'Classics Illustrated' summary; like, ya left anything out, maybe? Don't seem so.)