rulesEveryone in this country —

Wants to tell everyone else what to do. What god to worship, what person to marry, what food to eat, what drugs to take, what to drink, what to smoke, what to wear, what to drive, what gun to own, what books to read, what websites to visit, what movies to see, what television to watch, what radio to listen to — cripes, people. How about everyone just go worry about their own freaking god/marriage/food/drugs/drink/smoke/clothes/car/gun/books/internet/movies/television/radio and leave mine alone?

 


PS: While we are at it, what is the freaking story on 21 years of age drinking laws? If you are a “legal adult” at 18 and can get married, pay taxes, and pick up a gun and DIE for your country, you ought to be able to legally decide for yourself whether or not to drink an alcoholic beverage.

 


american library association:  banned & challenged books

cool author responses to book banning:

charles bukowski
harper lee
kurt vonnegut
ray bradbury
samuel clemens [aka mark twain]

harper lee’s letter

October 1, 2012

harper lee

 

This is on of my favorite author letters responding to news the author’s book has been banned, penned by Harper Lee in 1966 when she heard To Kill a Mockingbird was pulled from school library shelves by the Hanover County School Board in Virginia. [Harper Lee so rocks.]

Monroeville, Alabama
January, 1966

Editor, The News Leader:

Recently I have received echoes down this way of the Hanover County School Board’s activities, and what I’ve heard makes me wonder if any of its members can read.

Surely it is plain to the simplest intelligence that “To Kill a Mockingbird” spells out in words of seldom more than two syllables a code of honor and conduct, Christian in its ethic, that is the heritage of all Southerners. To hear that the novel is “immoral” has made me count the years between now and 1984, for I have yet to come across a better example of doublethink.

I feel, however, that the problem is one of illiteracy, not Marxism. Therefore I enclose a small contribution to the Beadle Bumble Fund that I hope will be used to enroll the Hanover County School Board in any first grade of its choice.

Harper Lee


source: letters of note
original source: understanding to kill a mockingbird

other cool author responses to book banning:

charles bukowski
kurt vonnegut
ray bradbury
samuel clemens [aka mark twain]

stop censorship

September 30, 2012

That book [okay books, plural, clearly I am a real fan damn you] is Captain Underpants. It has been banned repeatedly. To me that just spells stupid. I mean, why do kids read? Because it is fun. A million times people have told me, Harry Potter got my kid to read! And I said, Gee, didn’t you think to hand the kid a Playboy?

 


~ Photo by Sarah Simpson
~ Thumbing Our Noses at Book Banning by Patricia Burroughs
~ Banned Books Week Sept 30 to October 6, 2012
~ Banned and/or Challenged Books from Radcliffe Publishing
Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century

 

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