Ever since the Banned Books Project, about once a month I get an e-mail that goes something like this:
You fucking moron! How can you sit there all smug and self-righteous and advocate banning books? Just because you have a bug up your ass about a book, it doesn’t mean you have the right to keep me from reading it. Just crawl back into the right-wing, Bible-thumping hole you crawled out of, you slimy bastard!
Most of them are nice like that. It’s good to know that people still have passion about things. I almost hate calling them illiterate jerks who wouldn’t know sarcasm if it ran around naked and screaming, “Look at me! I’m sarcasm!”
But today I got one that was a bit more disturbing. I think I can handle people taking my silly comments seriously when they’re not quite so happy about it:
I’m happy to have found this site! Any thoughts on Angela’s Ashes? It seems that I am fighting this battle alone and I’d like some information, if possible. I don’t want my sophomore son reading this as a required assignment this summer. Thank you and God Bless you.
Not daring to believe that this person was serious, I replied: “Why don’t you want your son reading Angela’s Ashes?”
I don’t care for the premarital sex, adultery, masturbation, contraception, alcohol abuse, profanity, anti-religious theme, and I think that covers it. I feel it is more appropriate for a more mature audience, perhaps college age.
My wife stopped me from sending the reply I wrote, so I’ll just put it here instead.
“Right on! I won’t let my kids read the Bible either! It will still be there for them when they’re 18 (if they make it that far). Keep up the good work.”