oh_please: What subby left out is that it was a junior high school.I'm sure that there are plenty of folks who are comfortable with their 14-year-olds reading this, but that's a parental decision...not something that a junior HS should offer up in their library. I can't wait for the crusaders who say OMG BOOK BANNING HITLER
oh_please: Gyrfalcon: What is your point here?My original point WAS that poetry about sex and drug use wouldn't fly in a public junior HS library, because of it's controversial content. I thought it would be obvious to everyone. I even made an over-the-top joke that I couldn't wait for people to compare this to Hitler and book burning.Sure enough, everyone took me at my word, and lost their collective minds, ranging from bragging about all the sex books they read at a young age, to literally wishing me dead.The thing is, I tried to be nice early on and discuss, but the FARK BrigadeTM was having none of that.I'm torn...should I be offended at all the pitchforks and torches, or should I be laughing my ass off?
cuzsis: I see the "OMG it's a book and therefor needs to be read!" crowd is here. Look, not all books are worth the paper they're printed on. Just because someone has an opinion on something and wants to be "artistic" with it, doesn't mean they have a good or well thought out opinion. School resources are limited and they *should* be picky about the books they decide to put on their shelves. They *should* be looking for books that are well written, appropriate for the age level that will be reading it, and cover the topic in a mature and educated matter. If this book doesn't make the cut, well, sucks to be the author. They need to write a better book.
what_now: oh_please: What subby left out is that it was a junior high school.I'm sure that there are plenty of folks who are comfortable with their 14-year-olds reading this, but that's a parental decision...not something that a junior HS should offer up in their library. I can't wait for the crusaders who say OMG BOOK BANNING HITLERBanning books makes kids more likely to read the book. If the kid can understand the words, she should be able to read the book.I read Steinbeck's "The Red Pony" when I was 8 and Erica Jong's " Fear of Flying" when I was 10, but I never had or played video games of any sort. We were too poor for a Nintendo System* or anything like that.I'm ok. Neither of these books was "Appropriate" for my age.*off my lawn.
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