15 comments for “illegal library in my locker?

  1. Michael Williams
    23May09 at 7:37

    Oh, I love it! Confer an honorary M.L.I.S. on the guy.

  2. 23May09 at 7:51

    I wonder if this kid’s school is practicing a little reverse psychology. You know, a lot of these titles are books kids would never willingly read & would complain mightily about if told they had to read them. Tell them they can’t, however, and they all want to read every word of every banned book, not even realizing many of them are the type of books other kids HAVE to read in school. Whatever, they’re reading & excited about it.

  3. 24May09 at 8:03

    I can’t shake the feeling that this is a hoax. That list is such a mish-mash of much-loved classics and much-loved modern classics, it almost seems tailored to spark outrage among the masses. Yes, the author says this is just a “partial” list, but…The Canterbury Tales? Seriously? Yes, it’s racy – assuming, in this case, your average high school student can understand more than the occasional word of it without someone to teach them.

    What kind of school is this supposed to be? They’re banning the Qur’an? I just don’t see it, even at a Catholic school. And in case anyone’s forgotten, Roald Dahl’s “The Witches” does not glorify the titular characters. Finally, for someone who apparently spends so much time nose-deep in novels, this person sure can’t spell.

    If it is a joke, it would be a pretty pointless one, but it’s not like there’s any lack of bored, petty, amateur hoax-ters on the web.

  4. Erik
    24May09 at 8:49

    I agree this has got to be a hoax. Sounds like someones idea of a librarians wet dream. Someone is shopping around for opinions on a brilliant idea for a YA novel.

  5. 24May09 at 7:13

    Don’t let Michael Gorman find out; he’s not big on that sort of things.

  6. 25May09 at 9:29

    wow what an interesting discussion. at the same time, it does not seem like it could be real but yet it appears to be. sometimes I wonder what school’s are thinking when they do this kind of thing? Especially since as many people pointed out with their answers, many of them are considered classics and popular reading list books at many other schools. time for some people to get their heads out of the clouds.

  7. 25May09 at 9:58

    It appeals to the optimist in me to hope that this is a true story.

    At the same time I must admit the list of banned books are rather mixed, and I find it hard to believe any school could ban the Quran without bringing some pretty heavy retaliation on themsevles. Plus the asker’s profile says they’re an aspiring writer, could support Erik’s theory.

  8. 26May09 at 4:03

    This is a hoax. Perhaps a review of the skeptical comments from the BoingBoing discussion of this story would help.


    I’ll reiterate my comment from there:

    “…I don’t know how anyone with internet access these days doesn’t start with the basic assumption that everything they read is false until proven otherwise and with multiple sources. Kind of a wikipedia approach to everything.”

  9. Erik
    26May09 at 4:13

    That Richard is a brilliant comment. Everyone just wants this to be true in the worst way.

  10. Meg
    26May09 at 8:28

    Whether or not it’s true (and yes, I’m skeptical), I’m not sure I would recommend that a kid keep an entire library of his/her own books on private school property if they are explicitly banned. I’d probably tell the kid to keep them at home and run the library from his or her house with multiple drop-off/exchange options. While I’m certain a private school can say they don’t want students reading certain books, if the students are doing it off campus I doubt many parents will truly support any school actions taken to discipline their children for reading a book.

  11. Bob
    28May09 at 1:37

    Take a look at this users other Yahoo! questions. It’s a hoax.

  12. 28May09 at 3:44

    Yeah I’m totally getting that “hoax” feeling too, too bad.

  13. 28May09 at 10:28

    It may not be true, but it’s still a great, inspiring story.

  14. steve
    24Jun09 at 3:32

    This has “hoax” written all over it.

    This depresses me because it’s yet another illustration of how gullible so many of my colleagues are. Remember that notorious list of the books Sarah Palin supposedly banned?

    I’m also reminded of that news story about the student who claimed that FBI agents hassled him about his interlibrary loans (also a hoax). On one of the library listservs I’m on, the few people who dared to express skepticism about that incident were subjected to a pompous lecture on “speaking truth to power.”

    We tell everyone about how we’re so good at evaluating the quality of information, but when something comes along that props up our personal mythology about heroic, courageous librarians, the skeptical part of our brains shut off. It’s pathetic.

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