Kids Magazine Columnist, “Adults Shouldn’t Read Teen Books”

With the characteristic logical flourishes of a writer who’s contemporaries include the columnists of Highlights Magazine, we get sparkling gems of logic like:

I appreciate that adults occasionally watch Pixar movies or play video games. That’s fine. Those media don’t require much of your brains. Books are one of our few chances to learn. There’s a reason my teachers didn’t assign me to go home and play three hours of Donkey Kong.

Of course, he brandishes some obligatory lines of references to obvious “big boy” autuers just to let us know that he’s read these before and one-hundred percent identifies with other adults. Stein makes it clear he definitely belongs among the caste of maturity known as adulthood.

I have no idea what “The Hunger Games” is like. Maybe there are complicated shades of good and evil in each character. Maybe there are Pynchonesque turns of phrase. Maybe it delves into issues of identity, self-justification and anomie that would make David Foster Wallace proud. I don’t know because it’s a book for kids. I’ll read “The Hunger Games” when I finish the previous 3,000 years of fiction written for adults.

Here’s an earnest response to Stein’s argument. Stein’s column here.

A better portrayal of my thoughts on Joel Stein below:


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