Friday, July 11, 2008

The Writer and the Lie

So I would like to tell you a story about this book. It's one of the most taught and most banned books in the country. It's controversial and a lot of people dislike the language used in the text.

Now, there was an incident on my campus that brings raging fury into my fiery passionate existence. I will start by telling you that there is a swear about every 8 words or so but it's not the F word and can easily be skimmed over so you can understand the major tenants of the book.

The incident was brought to my attention when a classmate of mine from American Literature went to check out the book in our university library. She checked out both copies. When she opened both copies she was appalled to find out that EVERY swear word in the ENTIRE text was CROSSED OUT.

I would like to know what pathetic excuse for a human being spends the time to cross out hundreds of words in a literary work of art?

Not only it is a waste of time but that person must be so angry and judgemental to take the time to fill the books with strips of permanent marker.

Please please. If you don't want to read The Catcher in the Rye, don't. If you don't want to read any other literary work with swearing or questionable material, don't. But please don't ruin the experience for someone else. Free agency is free for a reason.

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