Friday, February 01, 2008
John Green Reacts to Being Called a Pornographer
The facts are these, as Jim Dale narrating "Pushing Daisies" might say. John Green's novel Looking for Alaska is being taught to an 11th grade English class in New York state. The school has allowed for the fact that not every parent wants their kid to read a heartfelt, moving book about life and death by use of permission slips, so that parents may opt out of having their child read it. But some people are not satisfied with that solution, and have raised holy hell with the school board, charging that pornography is being taught in school.
My first reaction to this was, "There's sex in Looking for Alaska? Really?"
My second reaction: "Wait, you mean that one scene? You're kidding, right?"
My third reaction: "Oh, brother."
If you've read Looking for Alaska and you're wondering where all the porn is, or if you want to support John Green, please contact him at sparksflyup (at) gmail (dot) com.