Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Naughty Books 2

There were some interesting comments left on the previous post. That prompted me to leave a comment in response. It's sort of a clarification. Here it is: It's true great literature is challenging. That's not in question. But great literature and obscene content are not necessarily the same thing. While there are titles out there that may be an important read and include mature content, I don't believe it's unreasonable to ask that a city operated book club choose a title from the millions of pages of great and challenging literature that would allow participation of everyone. After all, it's everyone's city.


Anonymous Dexter said...

You're missing the point. Sure The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night is not appropriate for 7 year olds, but hopefully the people of Salt Lake can rationally discuss a book that is beyond the grasp of said 7 year old.

Bottom line Ethan, there's no way this city will every be able to satisfy every citizens delicate, and apparently fragile, conscience.

As for what's reasonable, I guess we'll just have to disagree. And I'll keep reading Tolstoy, and you can stick with Suess.

9/06/2005 07:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Dexter said...

oh, and I'm glad to be back. Haven't had as much free time to comment on your site of late.

Plus, I could care less about Hatch.

9/06/2005 07:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Pete Ashdown said...

You know, I went to this place downtown that not only has book clubs, it has books. The anarchists there let you borrow the books for up to thirty days. Not only that, its sponsored with tax-payer dollars too! I've seen children running around in that building unescorted! I think I saw one near the Anais Nin!

9/06/2005 08:25:00 PM  

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