THURSDAY, MAY 25, 2023
We expect to be posting tomorrow: As previously announced, we don't expect to be posting today. We expect to be posting tomorrow.
Today's semantic puzzler:
Has a book been "banned" when a single K-8 elementary/middle school decides to move it from the elementary grades section of its library to the middle school section?
How many regular, K-5 elementary schools have a copy of the book in question in their school libraries? (We don't know the answer to that question.)
Related puzzler: Has the book been "banned" by K-5 schools which don't have the book on their shelves?
For background to this latest topic, see the Washington Post.
We live in a deeply tribal time—in an era whose prevailing impulse might perhaps be described as No Loudly Voiced Sense of Outrage Left Behind.
Tribunes sell outrage as a product. In a large, diverse, continental nation, is this approach to the world likely to turn out well?
Compare and contrast. Discuss.