I think you may have done your reputation irreversible damage by first defending the book, and then removing the book. You might have done better by yourselves to actually have had an internal code. Now what you’ve done is upset every body.
I would also like to thank you for removing RapeLay earlier in the month, although I am surprised you didn’t see The Pedophile’s Guide as provocative in the same three-day period.
At any rate, thank you. No, I won’t be returning to your company. I find that among removing gay and lesbian titles as obscene, penalizing my writer friends who happened to work for Macmillan, making arbitrary free speech decisions, and shaking me to my very core yesterday, that I’m out of straws. You’ve used your last one.
I, for one, welcome our new Barnes and Noble Overlords.
I promise you a very frivolous post next. Being this serious blows chunks.
PS Lorna update. We are certain she will be out another six weeks, as she just had an obstruction removed, which should solve her problem. Since the surgery was major and abdominal, it will take a while to heal. But we are getting a competent substitute for her, so some of the burden will be lifted from our shoulders.
ETA: This is the best commentary I’ve seen on the entire subject. I agree with the author that what has been addressed is a symptom of a problem, rather than a problem itself. What happens next is the issue, and my guess is that people will assume that this is the problem addressed and go back to placid denial.
As I said at the end of my angry post, I suggested that as a society we don’t do the ground work to protect children. On the news this morning, there was abjuration to help my state’s Human Services division, who had ten percent of their budget cut, to help watch for abuse cases. Riiiigggghhhhtttt.