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(Slate)   Students should no longer read Catcher in the Rye, as someone wrote a better coming of age tale that is a work of literature instead of a middle-aged white male's fantasy that comes off sounding like the Stephenie Meyer of the 60s   ( slate.com) divider line
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2012-11-03 05:24:43 PM  
3 votes:
I preferred the Pokemon version:

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A wonderful classic, along with

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2012-11-03 04:26:44 PM  
2 votes:
I love it when people reveal that they "learned things from South Park". As if that's some sort of ivy league education they have attained from a half hour cartoon. " I know all about Scientology; I know all about Mormonism because I watched South park.". When people say poop like that I can dismiss them as idiots. South park is funny, but please stop using it as a point of reference
2012-11-04 02:37:54 PM  
1 vote:

BolshyGreatYarblocks: In these times, a book about mass poverty and class violence has more relevance than one about a clown in a sewer.

I would say that a clown in a sewer is quite an apt metaphor for today's politics.
2012-11-04 08:11:08 AM  
1 vote:

Dumb-Ass-Monkey: Stephen King's It should be required reading for all 12 year olds.

Every child should know that the only way to avert world-destroying evil is for an abused girl to pull the train with her male friends.
2012-11-03 09:43:34 PM  
1 vote:

Robo Beat: DigitalCoffee: The only people that really like TCITR are the author/publisher (who get money for the copies), the schools/teachers (that can get discounted copies), and parents (because they had to put up with that boring shiat and they'll be damned if their sprog will get out of doing the same). No one else gives a rats ass about those books (unless they can get money/votes/good press for saying that they like them).

These books need to go:
- The Catcher In The Rye
- Tess Of The D'urbervilles
- The Grapes of Wrath

Replace them with:
- Stranger In A Strange Land
- IT
- Ender's Game

IT? You're proposing for school reading a book which includes, among other things, a pre-teen gangbang scene? I'm sure that'll fly with the think-of-the-children brigade.

Well, the think-of-the-children brigade can come on down here, too. They'll float just as well as everyone else.

/we all float down here
//only some will float on their over-inflated, self-important, egos
2012-11-03 07:17:53 PM  
1 vote:
soft-core porn, bawdy comedy, and sensationalism

Yeah, we read "The Canterbury Tales" too.
2012-11-03 04:52:04 PM  
1 vote:

gadian: We basically read soft-core porn, bawdy comedy, and sensationalism and our teachers justified it as we were "further along in emotional and intellectual development and can handle more advanced concepts".

So.... Shakespeare?
2012-11-03 04:31:15 PM  
1 vote:
When my friend went to college he made sure to bring ten copies of Catcher in the Rye with him, just to freak out his roommate. It worked.
2012-11-03 03:59:13 PM  
1 vote:

xpennyroyaltyx: Teresaol31: Good God, I guess my high school literature teacher would have been considered a witch these days. She made us read, in this order: The Jungle; Lord of the Flies; and Animal Farm. Mind you this was at a small school in southern Arkansas, but I'm from a prior generation where the parents were not sending their kids to school to learn the same crap they were learning in church. . .

See, it's funny. We do Lord of the Flies in 11th grade, and it's hands down the most popular book among my high school students. It's one of the few books where the majority of kids will read for homework it when it's assigned and will often read ahead. I think Animal Farm is lost on kids these days, though it was one of my favourites in high school. I've never been able to make it work very well.

we read Lord of the Flies in 7th grade I think... In retrospect, it's a fairly dark book for middle schoolers, but it's not a difficult read for that age.

though on the subject of Animal Farm, it was funny watching 2 guys doing a report on Animal Farm my senior year and them being completely oblivious to the obvious allegories/metaphors in the book.
2012-11-03 03:22:19 PM  
1 vote:
Stephen King's It should be required reading for all 12 year olds.
2012-11-03 03:08:58 PM  
1 vote:
I just didn't like it because I had a shiatty life and didn't see the point in reading about some other guy's shiatty life.
2012-11-03 01:30:43 PM  
1 vote:
Holden Caufield is a whiny little biatch who couldn't even f*ck a hooker proper.
2012-11-03 12:52:57 PM  
1 vote:
My high school had us reading The Red Pony and Grapes of Wrath as coming of age tales.

I think our teachers were trying to overshadow the sunny and light optimism of the mid 70's.
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