September 27th, 2010

woods, Elizabeth, camera, April

From Twitter 09-26-2010

  • 10:14:49: RT @BreakingNews: When aliens land: UN to name Malaysian astrophysicist Mazlan Othman as first contact
  • 10:14:56: As sun angle lowers, can see shadow of squirrel galloping along the roof in the yard.
  • 10:21:10: The sound of fluids trickling through bone from one sinus to another belongs only in a haunted house. Crickle-crackle-crackle-gloop.
  • 14:21:23: Second front arrived--cool enough to open the doors & windows for 1st time in months. Which means, time to clean windows' outsides....
  • 14:21:46: ...because plenty of spiders and stuff between screen and window.
  • 14:26:38: Forecast low tonight: 55F. And tomorrow night, too. High tomorrow just below 80F.
  • 14:53:31: Just realized must reintroduce character in scene from which excised. Important two books down the line. #writing

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Banned Book Week

I don't remember much pressure to ban books when I was a kid--I know some books were banned (books for adults, not kids, and nearly always on the basis of lurid sex, as far as I know) and some parents didn't want their kids to read books I read, but nothing like the book-banning-craze that started in the late '70s (at least that's when I first noticed it) and has continued ever since.  Since my mother won a round with the town librarian and got me an unrestricted card when I was about seven,  it wasn't an issue--though my "inappropriate" interests (to the librarian) were all in nonfiction, not fiction, until I started reading SF at 14-15.  (Early on it was reading above grade level: she wasn't going to let me read The Black Stallion because I was only in first grade.  And she disapproved of my reading horse books, dog books, etc.)  Little girls were not supposed to be fascinated by science, technology, military historyetc.   I kept trying novels for adults, but found most of them boring until I was a teenager...and even then preferred the more "action" ones to the gooey ones.  Nevil Shute's other novels (not On the Beach, which I didn't read until middle-aged) were an exception.  

Yet I would never have thought of banning for others books that bored me or annoyed me or were so badly written I couldn't get through them without a handful of red pencils.  Actually banning books, and burning books, were things other people did, somewhere else--and mostly in the past.   That was naive: the desire to control people by controlling their access to both knowledge and opinion is both old and strong.
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