Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Saturday, January 14, 2006
Books of 2006: Prep
I am trying to document what books I read this year. Sort of a New Years Resolution. (Side note: on a journal on the first day back at school, I wrote: What is your New Years Revolution, which was pretty funny). My first book to officially start 2006was The Real Mother by Judith Michael. But I can't get into it, so I quit and started reading Prep by Curtis Sittenfield. I am really enjoying this book. It has many parts that seem just so real. But I do need to stop reading reviews so that I don't ruin any more of the book for myself.
Yesterday, I took my classes to the library and then we read for about 20-30 minutes. During one class a boy called me aside and said something like, "You should see what this book says." He pointed to the word errection and said to me in surprise, "They don't censor these books." He seemed a little confused and even a little angry maybe that they would have that book in the library. It might have been an R.L. Stein book, although I am not sure. I looked at him and said, "Hmm. I guess you will have to censor yourself, then. You always have the power to put the book down."
I don't know what he was expecting. If it was for me to tear the book from his hands and mark the word out with a sharpie or put the book in the trashcan, he certainly didn't get it. Was he assuming that every book in our school library was free from anything anyone might find offensive?His reaction was an interesting thing to see.