Thursday, April 05, 2012

Adult Education

Joel Stein is a humorist and an expert at pushing peoples buttons. His latest is an ostensibly serious op-ed in the NYT where he trashes adults, or more specifically adult males, caught reading Harry Potter, The Twilight Saga, or The Hunger Games.

The only thing more embarrassing than catching a guy on the plane looking at pornography on his computer is seeing a guy on the plane reading “The Hunger Games.” Or a Twilight book. Or Harry Potter. The only time I’m O.K. with an adult holding a children’s book is if he’s moving his mouth as he reads.

I, of course, consider his column pretty stupid, but some of the outraged responses he collects are priceless:

JelpermanMy Chair FLAG "Books are one of our few chances to learn." Unlike Joel Stein, I read fiction for entertainment and non-fiction when I want to learn something. But then, I don't write for the NYT and TIME -two publications that constantly try to pass off fiction as fact.

Of course some others agree with him. I didn't actually bother to read any of those.