Just thought I’d share this piece written by Alexie ( June 9, 2011). Touches on some of the things we’ve been discussing in class.
“Why the Best Kids Books Are Written in Blood”
He’s writing in response to/in conversation with Meghan Cox Gurdon’s, “Darkness Too Visible” (June 4, 2011). In this piece, Gurdon makes the argument that YA literature is too dark, too violent (the depravity!). The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is named in her essay/rant.
I believe the full essay is in the Dropbox in the optional Sherman Alexie materials. It is a fascinating essay. CH
I had no idea! I always forget to check the Dropbox. A friend of mine sent me the essay when she heard I was (re)reading the book.