There are few things that the state can do worse than banning books - it is always a tipping point.
I've not read Into the River, and don't intend to because there's so much I want to read, and YA fiction does not form part of that. But then, my reading it or not isn't the point.
I've now seen two identity politick Twitter accounts questioning quote, 'an old, white man' writing a novel depicting teenage sex, proving again this dreadful brand of censorious feminism and race politics is every bit the Sharia inclined as Family First - I hope that makes some women and Maori think.
Look, per The Guardian, New Zealand is a joke now.
My repugnance is philosophical, and I couldn't care less about the legal niceties, however, a nice legal analysis of why Dr. Mathieson's decision is wrong, in law, here.