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I hate being too tired to do anything fun. I hate that Wolfie's new job pays him shit and has shitty hours. I hate that he's sick. I hate that my puter is dying by slow stages. I hate that the arrival of my favorite time of year also means that the tips at Kimball's will be drying up, not to mention the business will be closing for the winter. I hate the musical taste of most of my co-workers. I hate most radio stations. I hate not having a girlfriend up here to go shopping with, and that my mom is always to busy to go with me. I hate that I can't even think of anything frivolous to go shopping for. I hate PMS.

I hate that I'm too big to curl up on someone's lap and be rocked and suck my thumb.

And in other news... The Top 100 Banned Books, 1990-2000.

#5: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
#6: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
#7: Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling
#9: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (I know I've read it, but I don't remember it.)
#13: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (I still don't know what's so subversive about this.)
#20: Earth�s Children (Series) by Jean M. Auel (Huh? Maybe the Creationists are cranky about it...)
#22: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L�Engle (Kids were on waiting lists to read this one at the Harvard Public Library!)
#25: In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak (Maurice Sendak got banned?)
#32:Blubber by Judy Blume (You've got to be kidding...)
#44: The Pigman by Paul Zindel (The Young Adult section. Typically the most boring section of the library.)
#46: Deenie by Judy Blume (Scoliosis and masturbation. Ooh. We must protect the children.)
#47:Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
#52: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (Read this in Honors English in 9th Grade. Part of the Depressing Year curriculum.)
#55: Cujo by Stephen King (Read this while babysitting. The parents aslo happened to have an interesting article on rabies in Scientific American sitting on the coffee table
#56: James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
#62: Are You There, God? It�s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
#69: Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut (I made it a point to read everything by Vonnegut I could get my hands on before I graduated high school.
#70: Lord of the Flies by William Golding (Also 9th grade. More Depressing Curriculum.)
#77: Carrie by Stephen King (One of the first I read, after Danse Macabre)
#83: The Dead Zone by Stephen King (Now a popular series on USA)
#88: Where�s Waldo? by Martin Hanford (You're joking. Why?)
#89: Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene
#96: How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell (Now they're criticizing culinary choices?)

23 out of 100. I've heard of most of the rest; some I think I've read but I can't remember.

I guess I had a truly enlightened school and library system. I can't remember any challenges or banned books. God bless Mrs. Terry, the librarian we had while I was growing up. I know I drove her nutty with my late books, but I also know that she never once told me that something was too advanced or that I shouldn't read it.

i feel: discontent discontent

1 trip or shoot the rapids
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tashabear From: tashabear Date: September 26th, 2002 10:25 pm (UTC) (base camp)

#20: Earth?s Children (Series) by Jean M. Auel (Huh? Maybe the Creationists are cranky about it...)

HELLO? The sex scene in the end of the second book? I remember being floored by it the first time I read it (pre-teenish?). It was easily the most explicit thing I had read up to that point.

Yeah, but then why haven't they banned Danielle Steele or Sidney Sheldon? Sheldon has a scene with a wire hanger abortion!

1st and 2nd graders weren't allowed in the 'ficton' section, we were only allowed nonfiction and picture books.
I taught myself to read when I was three. Mom and Dad read too slow, I guess, and if I could read, I didn't have to wait for them to have time to read to me.

I guess SC thought that fiction would warp your fragile little mind... ;-D
1 trip or shoot the rapids