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05/21/2007

Reading 'Rainbow'

by Jeremy Hooper

SandsLast year, due to a parent's complaint, a gay-themed novel called Rainbow Boys was removed from a summer reading list that's issued to high school students in Webster, NY. However, we're happy to report that after a review of the highly decorated, respected book, the Webster School District has rightfully returned the tome to the list of available reading options.

So if Webster students are anything like this writer's high school self, this means they will now be able to leave Reading Rainbow on their shelf all summer long, until realizing two days before school starts that they better skim just enough to right a convincing five paragraph essay. ::sigh:: Youth.

Then again, had my choices been more along the lines of Rainbow Boys and less that of The Mayor of Casterbridge, perhaps I would've been far more willing to curb my Pearl Jam-listening, "My So Called Life"-watching, Doc Marten-wearing, angsty slacker extracurriculars, and would've viewed the assignment as less of an asinine ordeal and more of a summer treat. Either way, I'm not proud of my less-than-studious sloth now, looking back. So don't you go and make the same mistake, Webster younsters -- read your books (perhaps even Rainbow Boys)!

After all, they'll be plenty of time for slacking once you get to college.

Gay-themed novel is back on summer reading list [AP via WCAX]

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Ugh...The Mayor of Casterbridge; we had that at school as well. The aptly-named Hardy can be tough going for literature-loving adults, never mind schoolkids. The ones I enjoyed were Huck Finn and Lord of the Flies. Hmm, boys running wild...I can't imagine why that would appeal...

Posted by: John C | May 21, 2007 11:28:03 AM

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