Go Ask Alice: sex-ed controversy spotlights book
A New York politician's criticism of sex-ed courses has sparked interest in "Go Ask Alice," a popular book that takes a cold, hard look at the life of a teen battling addiction and other problems.
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis says the state program offers information that's inappropriate for some teens, and points them to such sites as "Go Ask Alice" at Columbia University, according to news reports. Some online reports claim the Columbia health info site borrowed its name from the book.
But Columbia says: The name Go Ask Alice! came to a site producer in a dream, and is not a reference to the Jefferson Airplane song "White Rabbit," "Alice’s Restaurant," the TV show "Alice," Alice in Wonderland, "The Brady Bunch" housekeeper, Alice from "The Honeymooners," Alice Walker, Alice Cooper, Alice in Chains, or any other real or ficticious person, place, or thing named Alice. The Go Ask Alice! Health Question and Answer Internet Resource and The Go Ask Alice Book of Answers: A Guide to Good Physical, Sexual, and Emotional Health by Columbia University's Health Education Program are also not affiliated in any way with the book GO ASK ALICE by Anonymous, edited by Beatrice Sparks, Ph.D.
The book, by an anonymous author, was published in 1971 and got terrific reviews. the new York Times called it "a document of horrifying reality and literary quality."