Culpeper County public school officials have decided to stop assigning a version of Anne Frank’s diary, one of the most enduring symbols of the atrocities of the Nazi regime, after a parent complained that the book includes sexually explicit material and homosexual themes.
“The Diary of a Young Girl: the Definitive Edition,” which was published on the 50th anniversary of Frank’s death in a concentration camp, will not be used in the future, said James Allen, director of instruction for the 7,600-student system. The school system did not follow its own policy for handling complaints about instructional materials, Allen said.
Letters of Note has a letter written by Mark Twain to a patent medicine salesman:
Your letter is an insoluble puzzle to me. The handwriting is good and exhibits considerable character, and there are even traces of intelligence in what you say, yet the letter and the accompanying advertisements profess to be the work of the same hand. The person who wrote the advertisements is without doubt the most ignorant person now alive on the planet; also without doubt he is an idiot, an idiot of the 33rd degree, and scion of an ancestral procession of idiots stretching back to the Missing Link.
It looks like I’m not the only blog who gets complaints from some readers who feel that everything should be custom fitted to their particular tastes.
I started reading this blog several years ago. It was one of my favorites. Now it only seems to consist of three types of posts: 1) My God I really love banjos, 2) My God I really hate Christians and 3) one or two random posts leading up to either #1 or #2 again.
I’ll continue to read, hoping it will stabilize someday, but I hold out very little hope. It’s like J-Walk Blog has gone from being a seven course meal in a fine restaurant to being a bag of stale Fritos and a warm Coca-Cola.
John Hodgman on Salinger’s passing.
The video shows the truck, travelling with its dumper raised, destroying the bridge as it careers into it.
One pedestrian crossing the bridge was injured during the incident, but amazingly no-one was killed.
First they came for the A cups:
The ban (RC) on small breasted women in adult publications has been made by the Australian Classification Board allegedly on the grounds that such images could be construed as child pornography, even where those publications comply with American law and keep certification that performers are over 18.
Female ejaculation has been banned on the incredible grounds that “the depictions are a form of urination which is banned under the label of ‘golden showers’ in the Classification Guidelines” and/or “Female ejaculation is an ‘abhorrent’ depiction.” Notably here male ejaculation is completely legal under the same guidelines, attracting an X rating in Australia.