Preach it, Jia!!!! This is so well put, and all bonus points for the Prince quote.
Whenever I click on any link today, I get a pop-up message that says the following:
"Enter username and password for http://b46.sitemeter.com"
It has fields for entering the info after the message. When it pops up, I can't follow links to any email address on the site (which is why I am putting this message in the comments).
I am pretty sure it's a malevolent phenomenon. Hope you can remove it.
This is just so, so good. Thank you Susan, and thank you Hairpin for publishing it!
@Gleemonex I love this too but I also love "Holy goat-horned Shatner!" It is perfect.
@de Pizan I have never managed to get through The Book Thief and I have always felt vaguely guilty about it, like I'm betraying the Adult Readers of YA Books Club or something. So I'm kind of glad to learn I am not the only one who didn't like it.
I hear Code Name Verity is wonderful but very sad. I think I will give it a try anyway.
I have, in several instances, found "adult literature" to be really inferior, generally speaking, to many of the YA books I have read. Of course there are exceptions, but a lot of modern "litrachah" gets really wrapped up in symbolism and language and seems to regard the story as being completely beside the point. In my view, a book must have at its heart a good, compelling story to be worthwhile. Several well-reviewed books I have attempted lately (I am specially thinking of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle) had all the MFA frills and none of the substance to make a properly satisfying read. I'd rather be subjected to the worst thing Daniel Pinkwater ever wrote than slog through another chapter of that sort of horseshit.
@themegnapkin Reading what this Graham person had to say about Eleanor & Park makes me think she should stick with reviewing cleaning products or something. That was a GREAT book.
Speaking of Chabon, have you read Summerland? Not as amazing as Kavalier & Clay, but a very worthwhile read (and aimed toward young adults) nonetheless.
@angermonkey YES. Nation is such a great read for anyone of any age! Pratchett's other YA books are pretty good too--I especially enjoyed the Tiffany Aching books set in Discworld.
@and it's not even my birthday Ha! Perfect--that explains everything.
Good lord, how is someone that clueless still *breathing*--much less getting his drivel published?
I feel like the MEN WHO CANNOT TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PRIVILEGE AND CRIPPLING SHAME tag could apply to a dismaying number of articles--but hopefully using that tag to ridicule such individuals will result in less of a need for it overall. Thus, mixed feelings!