We get those kinds of complaints, too

Tom Jackson
Dec 16, 2013
A few days ago, a book club I attend in Huron met with a Cleveland novelist, Alissa Nutting, the author of the novel “Tampa.” It’s a controversial book that depicts a lady schoolteacher who is a pedophile.

Nutting told us many of he emails she received complaining about her book began, “I haven’t read your book, but ... “

I felt a kinship with Nutting when she told us that. I told the group that a surprising number of readers who call to complain about an article in the newspaper admit that they had not actually read it and say, “I heard that ... “

I sometimes ask the person who has called to please read the article, and then tell me what is wrong with it.

Comments

Unassumer

This is what is essentially wrong with society. They make assumptions based on things they've heard, rumors or popular opinion. It doesn't mean it's right just because the herd is following it. They don't read, don't research and don't dig deeper into anything to find out the truth. 'Don't judge a book by its cover' is good advice that few people actually take. We judge people, sometimes erroneously on what others tell us instead of finding out how a person really is. It truly is a shame.

JMOP

I'm just putting this out there, but, it's the first couple of comments that set the tone.
I always read the article, and for my own experiential purposes I've talked off subject. Guess what? People just respond because they want their two cents added (some, but not all).
Human behavior is fascinating to me.

Raoul Duke

I didn't read this article, but I'm sure it's the swill of some heinous screwhead editor.

Coram Deo

Whenever a book comes across my path I usually go the the web and find out a little about it before I make the leap to read it let alone purchase it.

Amazon review: "In Alissa Nutting’s novel Tampa, Celeste Price, a smoldering 26-year-old middle-school teacher in Florida, unrepentantly recounts her elaborate and sociopathically determined seduction of a 14-year-old student."

Unless I'm on a jury and would have to read evidence of such a licentious crime, why would I want to read a novel about a female pedophile teacher seducing her young student? Why would anyone? Our minds are wonderful things but I don't believe they were designed to feast on corruptible, gratuitous pornography. Our country is flooded with dirty books, dirty movies, you name it, and our culture is not the better for it.