tomemos

February 22, 2007

Better call the calling-off off

Filed under: Literati and Cognoscenti, The Gray Lady — tomemos @ 1:43 am

File this under “Po-tay-to, Po-tah-to,” and also under “Requiring Little Comment”: the following letter to the New York Times from Wendy Stoll, a school librarian who (among others) decided not to stock a Newberry-winning children’s book because it contains the word “scrotum” :

As an elementary school librarian quoted in your article, I resent being portrayed as pledging “to ban the book.” There is no mention of serving our community.

I have not stocked the last three Newbery Medal winners because they are not appropriate for the patrons of my library, not because I am interested in banning books.

Hey kids! Bored on a rainy day? No good children’s literature in your library? Play Wendy Stoll Spins, the fun way to couch closed-mindedness in positive language! Here are a couple to get you started:

“I have not hired minorities to fill any of the positions because they are not appropriate for the patrons of my business, not because I am interested in being racist.”

“I have not allowed the man of a different religion to marry my daughter because he is not appropriate for my family, not because I am interested in discrimination.”

“I have not put my gay son in my will because he is not appropriate for the contents of my estate, not because I am interested in disowning him.”

Make your own! The only rule is imagination!

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3 Comments »

  1. WHAT THE FUCK!? Scrotum isn’t even a bad word! I can just imagine the way Stoll talks to her kids:

    Boy: “Mummy, what’s the word for the place behind the thing between my legs that you won’t tell me anything about?”

    Stoll: “It doesn’t exist. Don’t touch it. Don’t look at it. Don’t think about it. It’s not there. Praise Jesus. PRAISE JESUS!” (sobs hysterically)

    Comment by girldetective — February 22, 2007 @ 9:31 am

  2. I would feel absolutely terrible if she did stock a book I had written.

    Comment by Joseph Kugelmass — February 22, 2007 @ 3:23 pm

  3. Joe, doesn’t everyone have a book about fuzzy cartoon bunnies in em?

    Comment by Shayda Hoover — February 24, 2007 @ 8:27 am


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