Attention New York Times: The A still stands for Adult.

Nova linked to this really dumb editorial and my initial reaction was anger, because what a fucking twat.

But now I’m realizing that in addition to being wrong because he’s a twat, and in addition to being wrong because he is just wrong, Joel Stein is wrong because his logic is severely flawed.

We’re all children before we’re adults. We all start reading as children. If anything, shouldn’t we have to work our way through the previous 3,000 years of fiction written for children before we are allowed to move on to adult fiction?

In your face, twat.

8 thoughts on “Oh, SIGH.

  1. Jessica

    April 2, 2012 at 2:08pm

    Wow. My initial response to that editorial is what a douchebag.

    We should read things because they are good. Because they make us think. They make us feel. Sometimes they make us change or act.

    I wonder what he bothers to read, since he’s obviously so damned concerned with what people think of him.

    Yep. My response is still…what a douchebag.

  2. Annika

    April 2, 2012 at 2:09pm

    I also think it’s really interesting that the only YA novel he names is one that he hasn’t read. The two other books he names are a picture book and a chapter book, both intended for very young children. The Hunger Games? For Young ADULTS.

  3. Annika

    April 2, 2012 at 2:11pm

    And by interesting, I mean telling of the fact that he is a twat.

  4. Steph

    April 2, 2012 at 2:31pm

    That is supremely idiotic. What ever happened to “Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it”? I’m glad commenters are putting the smack down on him!

  5. Laurie Ann

    April 2, 2012 at 5:32pm

    My problem is his assumption that because something is identified as “adult” that it is better or more suited for adults. Has he read any Nicholas Sparks? It’s no Proust. I read “Flowers in the Attic” and “Princess Daisy” in 7th grade. Both books have decidedly adult subject matter (incest, rape, etc), that my 13-year-old brain understood just fine. I would dare say that, at least in the case of the first book, “Hunger Games” and many other YA books are exceedingly better written.

  6. Jessica

    April 2, 2012 at 6:27pm

    Yeah–the fact that he’s all “ur stoopid for reading this book I haven’t bothered to read” is one of my hugest pet-peeves and elicits gigantic eyerolls and tremendous disdain.

  7. Alex B

    April 2, 2012 at 6:31pm

    When did Joel Stein fall into the “troll your audience to increase page views” bucket of column-writing?

  8. bonnie

    April 3, 2012 at 8:52am

    In college one of my favorite professors made us study Where the Wild Things Are. Right alongside Oedipus (which, you know, I FRAKKING HATE WITH ALL MY HEART. But you get the drift) and Shakespeare. And also The Graduate. He (the professor) was always really overly excited about everything he taught us. Super adorable.

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