Last week, I had a complaint from a librarian about a Magazine review in which we called a character “fucking adorable.” Although I’m enjoying the thought of editing a magazine in which such sentiments might be expressed, we of course had called a character no such thing–it was a quote from the book under review, and we included such sassy language to make sure our readers knew what they were in for.
And today we’re in trouble for another quote, from David Elliott’s Bull, which Elissa used in the introduction to her Notes from the Horn Book interview with the author. “Whaddup, bitches?” is mild even by the standards of broadcast TV, but it seems to have set a couple of people off. Do these people have or know any teenagers? More to the point, does their personal objection to certain words manifest itself in selecting and recommending books for young readers? Because that would fucking piss me off.