oh, for Heaven's sake

I have read Child of God. It's a tough read. Cormac McCarthy is an amazing writer, but his chosen subjects are often not for the squeamish. If the parents who raised such a ruckus think CoG is bad, they should read Blood Meridian. Or Outer Dark.

In any case, the larger point here is that if they are so concerned about the subjects of the books their kids are reading, why aren't they reviewing them before the kid reads them?

1 comment:

Ghost Writer said...

Ridiculous, yes, but this kind of BS is exactly why I had my pre-AP students bring me signed permission slips to read the books they chose. I had kids reading The Kite Runner, The Handmaid's Tale, and Brave New World, all of which have potentially questionable material for high school students. It never ceases to amaze me that parents use the TV to babysit their kids, let them play violent video games and watch rated R movies from a young age, but when it comes to reading Of Mice and Men or To Kill a Mockingbird, they have an issue with the language.

The most absurd case I ever read was a parent (thank goodness, not in Texas, for once), who demanded that The Scarlet Letter be removed from the curriculum because of its many "four-lettered words." Like what - thee? Sheesh. If you're going to complain, at least know what you're complaining about!