I have read the NYT "Article" and following discussion. I even wanted to leave a few warm words for Mr. Stein. NYT wanted me to register, so I gave up.
There many things that are more embarrassing then looking at pornography or reading YA books on plane. Like spewing such drivel as Mr. Stein does.
One thing surprised me. In the comments many people said that they read some YA - for bonding experience, to see what their kids are reading and so on. Why do they need to explain? Can't we simply ... gasp ... like the books? Or simply start reading a book with an open mind to see whether we would like it?
I do read *SOME* YA books (*). The ones I like. I also read serious stuff, and sometimes even trashy stuff. So what?!? I do not feel compelled to look for excuses explaining why. There are books that I like and books that I don't. I will not let likes of Mr. Stein to tell me what I am supposed to like.
(*) well, before reading through this thread I did not even realize that some of those classics are labeled Young Adult nowadays