20 July, 2009

More clutching of pearls in Britain

The Daily Express contributes not-a-lot to the debate about books and children. You can hear me being 'bullish' over there - I would call it cranky, myself.

They're all rabbiting on about publishers' responsibility and writers' responsibility - what about rearing some children with some sense of responsibility for themselves? What about, if you've got a sensitive child, staying in touch with what they're reading so that you can put your oar in when you're worried about their reaction?

Also, what about filmmakers' responsibility? What about advertisers' responsibility? What about television programmers' and newspaper publishers' responsibility? What about other unsettling things that are thrust into children's lives without their consent every day? Beside all these things, my book is discreet, forces itself on no one, and is very carefully constructed to produce a particular effect, to tell a story that says particular things about the rearing of children, the harm that can come to them, and the way we choose to defend them.

The 'clutching of pearls' reference is from this blog post.


Anonymous Dawn Albright said...

Do you have a schedule of where you'll be reading while you're here?

21 July, 2009 07:14  
Blogger Among Amid While said...

My only remaining reading/talk is the one in Groton, CT, tomorrow evening. Then we drive back to Chicago and fly home.

21 July, 2009 07:35  
Blogger Misrule said...

Hi Margo. Your link to the blog post doesn't work. Try this!



21 July, 2009 11:43  
Blogger Among Amid While said...

Thanks, Judy - fixed.

23 July, 2009 22:04  

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