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I would like everyone to know that the teachers in the English Dept at Alamogordo HS do not agree with the knee jerk reaction of pulling Neverwhere from the Dept. library. It has been successful as a supplemental novel and since our goal is to get students engaged and encourage their thinking, this novel is a keeper — the students love it. The passage the parent is referring to is not graphic, but it is an adult type situation…a very briefly visited one.

I am sorry our school administrators did not stand up and support the material the way we all would have expected them to do. Also, as much as we hate to expose anyone for not speaking the truth, this parent had publicly stated that the school was “forcing” her student to read the novel (not true), and she also stated that the school never offered her daughter an alternate selection when she objected to Neverwhere. This statement is one that we will vehemently deny. The mother is stating inaccurate comments publicly. I work with the teacher in question – a very capable and intelligent young woman that is an asset to the English Dept.- and she immediately provided an alternate novel to the student as soon as the mother made the first known objection to Gaiman’s novel.

We simply cannot stand for banning a book for hundreds of students this year and in the years to come because a single parent objected over one brief passage on ONE page. Making inaccurate comments about the teacher (whom the parent chose not to even meet, but publicly disrespected her and questioned her credentials in spite of that), saying we forced anyone to read a text she objected to, or stating that no alternative assignment was offered is absolutely false. Teachers are sensitive to the needs of their students.

Our students have enjoyed Gaiman’s novel for almost ten years, and it saddens us to think that our future students will not have the same opportunity.

The teachers in the English Dept are opposed to any form of censorship. This situation is being handled incorrectly, it makes our school and our town appear as if we are fine with suspending the use of a book that is used by middle and high schools across the country and around the globe. We are not fine with it, and we want people to know that.

Kathy Wallis commenting in School Library Journal on the banning of NEVERWHERE at Alamogordo High School, New Mexico.

The original article reported from the parent’s point of view has gotten nationwide play, can we boost the signal on this as well please?

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Comedian Dave Anthony: The podcast - some clarification.

comediandaveanthony:

The honest truth is things are worse than I thought. And they are pretty difficult for me to deal with, nor do I want to deal with it.

So, the podcast is shut down for now. I don’t know if it comes back or when it comes back. We were originally supposed to be down for a month and then we’d start…

Geez, sometimes a bad day can get worse. But, it’s not about me. I worry for the Gryphon. I know the patent trolls have tried to leach into WtR’s special golden-awesome sadness, but this has got to be bigger than that. I hope the dudes okay. Or at least heading in the direction of okay. If WtR never sails the seas to misfit island again, so be it. The cuddlah a will ensure, but I hope Greg comes out the other side of whatever is going on.

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Here’s a quick sketch imagining what the virals in The Passage and The Twelve by Justin Cronin might look like. I think it got a bit too reptilian, but was fun to draw. I highly recommend the books as well. The virals are essentially a virus based alteration of traditional vampire mythology.

Here’s a quick sketch imagining what the virals in The Passage and The Twelve by Justin Cronin might look like. I think it got a bit too reptilian, but was fun to draw. I highly recommend the books as well. The virals are essentially a virus based alteration of traditional vampire mythology.

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