--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Brian Thornton
> Kerry wrote:
> "Put it another way, do you really expect public education to teach from
> books in which authorities are corrupt, the pursuit of spiritual or
> values meaningless and love deceptive, as in the definitive noir
> Maltese Falcon?"
> Why not? THE GREAT GATSBY is a staple of Junior year American lit
> across the country.
> I know. I've taught it.
Yes, that one is a staple. And the students get it, too. I think they
would get Cassidy's Girl or Huston's Caught Stealing, too. There is no
need to wait until a book is no longer popular in order to teach it. I
did hear from someone who was using McCarthy's _The Road_ in a course.
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