October 23, 2014

Gothamist Reports: ‘NJ School Bans Murakami Book With Gay Sex, But Drugs, Suicide Are Okay’

Posted on 28. Aug, 2011 by in Features, News

Gothamist comments on one New Jersey school’s recent decision to remove Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian Wood and Nic Sheff’s Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines from its required reading lists. Writes Jamie Feldmar:

“A New Jersey school has dropped two popular books with—gasp! Gay sex scenes!—from their required reading lists, and apologized to parents for exposing their children to such a morally reprehensible act… The meth and mental instability and suicide that make up the other major themes in the books? Those are apparently just fine.”

The reading list was compiled by teachers and school administrators and educators. It was then approved by the Board of Education.

Gay blog Queerty added that the school should expose the “ridiculousness” of opponents arguments and “have students, teachers, and educators stand-up and explain the value of keeping these books rather than buckling like belts.” [Gothamist]

Common Language Bookstore Plans Silent Auction to Help Ensure Survival: Common Language Bookstore co-owners Keith Orr and Martin Contreras will host a silent auction called “The Last Bookstore Standing” on August 25th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event is meant to garner much needed funds and community support for the gay and lesbian themed shop.

Orr told local news source Ann Arbor that the auction will “largely feature autographed books or collections of books that authors and publishers are donating.”

A few authors who have already made donations include Kim Baldwin, Fay Jacobs, Maria Ciletti, Rob Byrnes, and Frank Polito. Bywater Books, an Ann Arbor lesbian fiction publisher, has also donated two book collections. One is a collection of works by 10 Lambda Literary Award finalists.

Orr explained:

“Common Language is more than a place to buy and sell books. It serves an important cultural purpose. It’s a community resource. LGBT readers come in here because it is a safe, gay-friendly space. And although gay culture is not monolithic, I think there is still a thing that we can define as ‘gay culture.’ Part of it is LGBT literature. For gay lit to survive, we need healthy readers, publishers, and bookstores.” [AnnArbor]

Atlanta Lesbian Author Turns Into Hurricane Irene Chaser: Last Thursday, Kim Severson was supposed to read from and discuss her novel, Spoon Fed. Unfortunately for Atlanta lesbians and gay book junkies, that event will have to be rescheduled due to one temperamental lady by the name of Irene.

As the Atlanta bureau chief for the New York Times, Severson was called to document Irene’s path into North Carolina. [ProjectGAtlanta]

Diana Denza is the social media manager for a leading skincare company. She also blogs for BUST and BettyConfidential.

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One Response to “Gothamist Reports: ‘NJ School Bans Murakami Book With Gay Sex, But Drugs, Suicide Are Okay’”

  1. Gabriel Duchamp 6 January 2012 at 6:39 PM #

    GAY AND PROUD! LETS STICK TOGETHER!!


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