Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Judy Blume Is 75

Do kids read Judy Blume today? Or is it all vampires and British wizards and whatever? I don't know, but for most of the people born roughly around the time that I was and for at least few years after she was an indispensable guide to the horror and dread that awaited us once our bodies changed. She was also a lot more than that; I'm not sure there's been enough acknowledgment of just how funny a writer she is. I would wager that more people in their 30s and 40s today owe at least a part of their sense of humor to Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and some of her other, more lighthearted works than even they know. And I would just like to note on a personal level that reading Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret instilled in me at a very tender age a lifelong sense of gratitude that I do not have a vagina. Anyway, she turns 75 today, and we wish her many happy returns.


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dado (#102)

Judy is pre-teen sensational.

KeithTalent (#2,014)

I found "Then Again, Maybe I Won't" to be a deeply affecting tale of class and suburban ennui. But I haven't read it for 25 years.

Alex Balk (#4)

@KeithTalent It was! I remember almost nothing but I do remember that.

jfruh (#713)

@KeithTalent It's all that and more! Plus it includes a dicussion about whether blood and vomit bounce on ice.

jfruh (#713)

I loved Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing so much, but always resented the fact that, after an entire book about how poor Peter was always overshadowed by his obnoxious little brother, the next four books in the series all had "Fudge" in the title.

bluebears (#5,902)

"reading Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret instilled in me at a very tender age a lifelong sense of gratitude that I do not have a vagina"
I felt the same way in reverse after reading Then Again, Maybe I Wont. It took me forever to figure out that when he said he had to constantly hold a book in front of him at school it was like one open book over his dick and not a cartoonishly large stack of books. I remember being very confused as to how he could do math problems like that.

Jane Plane (#1,389)

The kids these days do still read Blume! Tales, last night, most specifically.

She captured the sheer embarrassment of growing up so well. Everything is humiliating, either potentially or actually.

hockeymom (#143)

Judy Blume is on Twitter where I can report that she is delightful, talks about books and movie and loves "Girls."

Also, she and S.E. Hinton tweet to each other quite a bit. The authors of my childhood, in 140 characters or less.

Bittersweet (#765)

@hockeymom Throw in Ellen Conford, and 11-year-old me would be hyperventilating.

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