Apr 23, 2012 @ 12:16:00 am
Amelia Gray and Etgar Keret at the Los Angeles Times Festival of the Book
The New York state education commission scrapped a question on their middle school standardized English exam last week after widespread complaints that the question—a fable about a talking pineapple that challenged a hare to a race—made no sense. This week, the story's author, writer Daniel Pinkwater took to the Daily News to respond to the incident. "You bet I sold out," Pinkwater wrote an eighth grader who emailed him to complain. "Not to the Department of Education, but to the publisher of tests, useless programmed reading materials, and similar junk... You'd do the same thing if you were a writer, and didn't know where your next pineapple was coming from."
When David Markson died, his personal library was (in)famously donated to the Strand bookstore, where it was sold off in pieces. Now, bits of it are being
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