Apparently Harper Lee is about to release another book where Atticus Finch is a racist. A critic for NPR just called it ‘sloppy’ both on a literary and moral level, and when asked how to do it she said that teachers should probably teach To Kill a Mockingbird alongside portions of this new novel.
Here’s a suggestion for all the teachers (if they deserve such a name) who are willing to take it: there are thousands of literary classics of FAR greater merit. Why don’t we just dump TKAM and put in something better, like, you know, Travels with Charley, The Marble Faun, The Last of the Mohicans, Roughing It, Old Times on the Mississippi, The Innocents Abroad, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, For Whom the Bell Tolls, The Love of the Last Tycoon, John Brown’s Body, Ben-Hur, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers, selections from the Decameron, Troilus and Criseyde, The Song of Roland, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, El Cid, Pharsalia, Coriolanus, Richard III, Timon of Athens, and/or Pericles, Prince of Tyre? Just a thought, and while we’re at it maybe we can dump The Catcher in the Rye, too!!!!