Actor Zac Efron meets a Lorax on March 9, 2012. (Pier Paolo Cito / AP)

“As a writer who’s been working with activists for 20 years now, I’ve met a lot of Loraxes,”Lydia Millet, a novelist, on Dr. Seuss’s famous character.

“What we end up doing is giving kids who are living in poverty the most impoverished learning experiences,”Sonja Brookins Santelises, who advocates for public-school students.

“I purposely developed a style of painting that exposed my emotions and could never be produced by those little buggers,”Erik Sandberg-Diment, a technology columnist who took up painting to stay ahead of computers.

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