Hey John, what is your reaction to the news that the Riverside district has chosen to ban TFIOS from middle school libraries on the grounds that it deals with mortality and sex? I remember your reactions to similar situations concerning your books have been pretty animated and wondered what you thought?
I guess I am both happy and sad.
I am happy because apparently young people in Riverside, California will never witness or experience mortality since they won’t be reading my book, which is great for them.
But I am also sad because I was really hoping I would be able to introduce the idea that human beings die to the children of Riverside, California and thereby crush their dreams of immortality.
i find that most people,
do not care for friendship
or the intensity of a complete connection.
most want to know as many people as possible,
to be seen in as many places;
with as many new acquaintances-
all friendly face but little heart.
but i want to know a few people intimately,
one or two-
to know them completely, vitally,
all open heart surgery and warm embraces.
And this is why i do not have many friends
and yet more smiling faces than i can put names to.
this is why i am always seeking sincerity-
i am always waitful, watchful,
careful who i share myself with.