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News Wed Sep 26 2007

Fantagraphics on the Clowes Controversy

Fantagraphics, the publisher of the Eightball series by Daniel Clowes, has a few thoughts about the Connecticut English teacher who resigned after parents objected to his giving a copy of Eightball #22 to a freshman student. The commentary includes:

"Some are arguing that Eightball was a far too mature choice for a teacher to give a 13-year-old girl and clearly grounds for dismissal. Perhaps in some parts of the country, yes, but consider this school's approved summer reading list, which includes authors like Charles Bukowski, Allen Ginsberg, Augustyn Burroughs, Sylvia Plath, Graham Greene, and many more. In light of this rather progressive list, it's hard to believe that Eightball crosses any lines that any number of other titles from the approved list absolutely obliterate."
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