Most of you guys heard through twitter and fb, but yesterday my left eye basically stopped blinking. When I smiled, only the right side of my mouth moved. Needless to say, it was pretty terrifying. When I got to the Emergency Room, they diagnosed Bell’s Palsy, but had to rule…
While I’m, of course, very proud that CAM POST is now in the great-good company of so many excellent banned or once-banned books, I’m very disappointed that the school board chose this action—particularly given that none of its members had apparently even read the book prior to coming to this decision, one that overrules the careful work of the librarians who put the original Blue Hen reading list together.
Reading a few select passages does not give one an adequate sense of the themes or style or even the content, really, of a 500 page novel.
I’m also rather surprised that “inappropriate language” is the sole reason the board is citing for their decision to remove my book, especially given the rather salty language on display in several of the other (excellent) books on their list.
I was sorry to hear about this today. For me the most interesting part of the news article at the link is the fact that homophobia is never mentioned as a potential cause for parents’ objections to the book. Instead, we get this fascinating side note:
Board Vice-President Roni Posner was the lone vote to keep the book on the list. She said she didn’t believe she had enough 21st century curriculum knowledge to judge what should or shouldn’t be on a reading list created by the state’s school librarians.
Posner hadn’t read the book either; she said she read “Annie on My Mind” years ago. It’s a coming of age novel, she said.
It’s super weird. It’s almost as if the school board here understands that homophobia is no longer publicly acceptable, so they have to fall back on objecting to the usage of the word “fuck.”
I’ll just say I’m not convinced that’s really why they removed the book from the list, although I do know that some parents object to cursing in books. And yet if that’s the reason, why are the other books on the list still on the list?
Anyway, I’m sorry this happened but I’m glad there’s a news article on it. It’s worse when this kind of thing happens and nobody talks about it, because that means nobody ever finds out.
Y’all should listen to this…
Written by Joe Bissell
Produced + Mixed by Chris Leon
Additional Production by Matt Steeper
Mastering by Chris Gheringer
His undies are cuter than him. Weird.
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