Stephen Allan goes to Borders and finds himself irritated by a bunch of teenagers who are being too loud and cussedy in the SF and horror section. Then he realizes:
. . . as I was trying to ignore them, I realized that they were being loud and obnoxious about books, even going so far as to call a writer a “douche bag” because they didn’t like his writing. These guys actually read, and more than just one or two books; they were discussing a ton of books. Well read high school students? In a group of about five? I read a lot in high school, but my other friends weren’t as interested in books. How great is it that these kids were not only reading, but had found each other? I watched a sales clerk eye the group and I was thinking “No! Don’t even think about confronting these guys. Do you really want to alienate what is possible the last five teenagers who read?” The clerk wisely decided to leave them alone and each one bought at least one book.
I see his point. But if one of them had said something against “that noir writer on the Internet,” would he have been so broadminded?