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Originality of 'Go the F**k to Sleep' brought into question

Feiwel agrees the book is hilarious and something almost every parent can relate to, but says “It’s based on Nancy’s book. It takes that book’s sentiment and turns it on its head. I just wanted to say, ‘Back up. It’s Time to Sleep, My Love was there first.’ Let’s give credit where credit is due,” she told Publishers Weekly.

Mansbach, is a former DJ and founding editor of 1990s hip hop journal “Elementary,” which was noted as the best thing ever published on hip hop" by cultural critic Michael Eric Dyson, according to his website biography. The Rutgers University professor of fiction is considered one of the leading theorists and scholars of hip-hop culture. His previous publications include “Angry Black White Boy,” and “The End of the Jews” for which he won the California Book Award for fiction in 2008.



 
Comments (5)
5 Tuesday, 21 June 2011 08:58
karenrz
Oh, pull-eezz! Like NO parent hasn't felt the way the parent in Go the F*** to Sleep is portrayed.

Feeling that way doesn't make you a bad parent, but does make you HUMAN.
4 Monday, 20 June 2011 21:48
Jim115
Adam wrote this book for one of two reasons:

Either he has horrible parenting abilities,
or
he is simply writing to those who have horrible parenting abilities.

All to make a "buck."

Either way, it's an obvious representation of his poor moral character.
(and that goes for the character of anyone who would patronize this "garbage.")
----shame on you Sam L. Jackson (and I loved Pulp Fiction)


I can't wait for his children to pull out a copy of this book (in 40 or 50 years) for him when he's on his deathbed!
3 Monday, 20 June 2011 17:37
O'RLY?
I honestly see no similarities in the lines provided.
2 Monday, 20 June 2011 15:16
Arrrrrgh
I agree with the previous poster.
The headline is designed to capture attention. Here's a great little book, an inspired moment in the writer's professional life, being smeared needlessly. Better to perhaps mention that it's a satirical tangent on known books, but no more than that is needed.
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1 Monday, 20 June 2011 14:48
Noodle
Children's doggerel is children's doggerel. Go the )(&&#R to Sleep is no more a ripoff of "It's Time To Sleep, My Love" than any other smarmy children's book. The headline of this article is sensationalist and inflammatory, and should be changed to match the tenor of the article.

Either that or the accusation should lead the story and have some backup other than suggesting it's a "satire".

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