Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Those Z Authors

I was thrilled today when two of my struggling readers expressed an interest in reading the works of Zora Neale Hurston.

"Will you really let us read Zora in class Miss?!"

"Of course! She was one of the major writers of the Harlem Renaissance!"

"Oh. She was? But do we need a note from our parents?"

"To read Zora Neale Hurston?"

"Because, you know, it's porn."

Screeching halt. Huh?

Turns out, they were confusing Zora Neale Hurston with Zane, modern erotica writer. Definitely not one of the major writers of the Harlem Renaissance.

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