January 21st, 2007

Self-Portrait 3

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I pulled my copy of Stephen King's Needful Things off my bookshelf Friday night, and I've read through about half of it so far this weekend. It occurred to me after I'd gotten not very far in that from a standpoint of moral observation, it's a wretched book. It's stuffed to the gills with extremely graphic violence, sex, drug use,and profanity, Satanic mysticism, and a dash or two of pedophilia and implied bestiality for good measure.

Not exactly the kind of thing an educator should be giving one of her students, I would think; yet that happens to be exactly where I got my copy. My English teacher gave it to me as a Christmas gift my junior year of high school. I'd never actually thought before today about the extent to which that act probably wasn't jake.