Weirdness Factor in books

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    Does too much total weirdness make a book inappropriate?

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    Weirdness is fantastical. As long as it is clean


    “Weirdness is fantastical [sic]” – Says the man with 2 references to the series “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” in his name and subtitle. (Did he give CR member “149” the subtitle “-107”? We may never know.)


    Weirdness cannot be said to be ossur.

    Weirdness might possibly be considered goyish. Whether it is goyish and whether the appraised level of goyishness is inappropriate is subjective (I assume).

    There is this quote from “Reb Yaakov” (the ArtScroll bio):

    “Even the talking lampposts on a Torah tape for children, Reb Yaakov felt,lessened a child’s sense of the distinction between truth and falsehood.”So, are these weird books for your children? However…

    We cannot be sure if he meant l’maaseh to discourage that sort of thing,and I don’t think anyone actually takes any notice of this consideration.

    Conclusion: Go ahead! Read stuff that can be filed under

    “Makes Just as Much Sense in Context” and

    “What Do You Mean, It Wasn’t Made on Drugs?”

    (Man, do I need to find a better use of my time.)

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