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Monday, November 11, 2013

Dumb Parents Inspire Dozens of Children to Read Sherman Alexie's Young Adult Novel

Posted by on Mon, Nov 11, 2013 at 4:10 PM

This time, Sherman Alexie's book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian has been challenged in Billings, Montana. Don't these dimwits understand that every time you try to ban a book—especially in a high school—you only inspire more kids to read the goddamned book?


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Posted by -J on November 11, 2013 at 4:17 PM · Report this
treacle 2
Maybe it's a crypto-campaign using sophisticated reverse-psychology to get the kids to read something when normal encouragement of these jaded children to read the same book would have no effect.
Posted by treacle on November 11, 2013 at 4:32 PM · Report this
In smaller/reactionary towns, sometimes the kids won't be able to get the book from the library once it's been "banned" by the schools. Unless they have the funds for Amazon/Kindle.
Posted by sarah70 on November 11, 2013 at 4:41 PM · Report this
There's always a way to get a banned book. Judy Blume's "Forever" was expressly forbidden at my elementary school - no bookstores within walking distance and pre-Amazon days - yet someone managed to get a copy from an older sibling and pass it around to most of the 7th grade girls. Of course none of us had ever even heard of it or cared to read it until it was "banned".
I'd be happy to send a copy of Sherman Alexie's book to a kid in Billings if need be to start the cycle moving.
Posted by StuckInUtah on November 11, 2013 at 5:02 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 5
Lots of parents mistakenly assume their precious snowflakes will do whatever they tell them.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on November 11, 2013 at 5:04 PM · Report this
I had no interest in reading The DaVinci Code until my nephew was punished for having a copy on the campus of his Catholic school.
Posted by Clayton on November 11, 2013 at 6:31 PM · Report this
Reverse Polarity 7
I've actually been in a classroom where students were told that Alexie's book was banned in other schools. You should have seen kids snatch up that book like it was the hottest thing going. It was amazing to watch. Banning it is the best thing these idiots can do to encourage its wider appreciation.
Posted by Reverse Polarity on November 11, 2013 at 7:06 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 8
billhole, montucky. don't be surprised.
Posted by Max Solomon on November 11, 2013 at 10:22 PM · Report this
the duster 9
Currently teaching it in rural MS.
Posted by the duster on November 12, 2013 at 6:09 AM · Report this
@4 that would be great if someone went to Billings with a bunch of these books and just left them everywhere. In coffee shops, schools, bathrooms, post office, barber shop, bars... Everywhere.
Posted by crumley on November 12, 2013 at 8:42 AM · Report this
Posted by You Are Correct on November 12, 2013 at 8:56 AM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 12
They're trying to remove it from a REQUIRED READING list. That's not "banning" the book.

This is why so many of the Stranger's friends hate you guys. You can't just stick to facts: you have to lie for maximum drama and you make yourselves -- and US -- look stupid.

You make us look like dimwits, Paul. Just state the fact that they want it taken off a required reading list, and when a book is actually banned report that it was banned.

This shit is an insult to authors and readers whose books have been really banned.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn on November 12, 2013 at 10:12 AM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 13
The other thing wrong with your "forbidden fruit" theory is that if it's on a required reading list, then they all have to read it. That's what "required" means.

After "banning" *cough* it, the number of students who read it might still be all of them, but it will never be more than all of them. And I'm pretty sure that the number will be "all" minus the ones who don't give a shit. That is, less than before the "ban" *cough*.

Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn on November 12, 2013 at 10:18 AM · Report this

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