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07 July 2012


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Ah, my hometown. The big dust up when I was in school there was over Native Son. There's actually a comparatively huge Mormon population in the city, so I'm not surprised that was one of the complaints about Angels in America.


I realize this is a minority opinion, but I don't think it's okay to force feed people books. I'd fight to keep Laurie Halse Anderson's book Speak on the shelves in the school library or on a reading list, but I don't think it should be assigned reading. I suspect I would feel the same about Allison's work. It's really unclear from the article whether the book would be "supplemental reading" or "taught in the classroom." They say both without seeming to realize that those two aren't synonymous.


I know this is kind of an aside, but, um, how is "The Color Purple" more uplifting? I mean, it's a hugely important work, but a book would have to be pretty dark to make TCP look uplifting. Just sayin' . . .

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