And also love any excuse to use the word "kerfuffle."
This just in! YA literature is destroying the children! Again. It all started on June 4, when Meghan Cox Gurdon of The Wall Street Journal wrote this amazingly ill-informed article. In a nutshell: YA literature is too dark and violent and actually encourages children to self-harm. Will no one think of the children?!
The Internet struck back in full force! Mary Elizabeth Williams of Salon wrote a thoughtful rebuttal, as did Vulture and lots and lots of bloggers and writers. Bookshelves of Doom has a nice roundup of posts. And Judy Blume, ever adorable, tweeted this reply to being named a symbol of virtue in children's writing. Judy Blume is, of course, one of the most banned writers ever.