What Sam Really Likes 1

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Yes, Pokémon

… and it’s a bug he’s had for a few years now. At one point his whole class had it, girls and boys, collecting and swapping the cards every day.

What is the appeal? I’m not completely sure… obviously it was a kind of playground currency, an entry ticket, a conversation topic. But also a collecting and knowing-all-about kind of thing – something that – however un-natural, appeals to the naturalist intelligence

I know I ought to, but I find it hard to learn their names, follow their evolutions, be interested.

My ears did prick up the other day though. “Not everything is as it seems,” Sam said portentiously.
I asked him where that came from. It was from one of his Pokémon DVDs.

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