You Thought I Forgot, Didn’t You?

Just in case you thought I forgot about Banned Books Week, I didn’t.

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Virtual Read-Out 2015

BBW_VirtualReadout_logo3_LGLast week I promised you a video for Banned Books Week.

Well, I’m happy to report that I’ve finished them!

Yes, them – as in plural. Well, not really plural. I filmed a much longer segment and then edited it down to qualify for the ALA’s Banned Book Week Virtual Read-Out playlist on YouTube. Seriously, you should check these other videos out; some of them are quite good.

Here are mine:

The Long Version

The Short Version

Wicked Word Wednesday (1.8)

Greetings logophiles and other creative types!

It’s time for another

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But First, An Apology

Apparently I never posted the winner from last week. How did that happen?

Well, better late than never. Our winner was . . .

kim881

Decent average human beings
Demonstrate just how ordinary
They are
Uninspired
Not even shades of grey
Living dull lives
Conventional
Pedestrian
Run-of-the-mill

Let’s shake them up
Show how to be
Exciting
Bold
Cherry chocolate coconut
Fizzy fancy flavour
Not
Vanilla

@kim88110

Congratulations, Kim – don’t forget your badge!

 

And now, back to our regularly scheduled program:

 

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Enough chit-chat – what’s the Wicked Word?

 


 

Being as this is Banned Books Week, the Wicked Word is . . .

 

BOOKISH

 

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You have 24 hours.

GO!

 


 

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Teaser Tuesday: The Bluest Eye

The turning pages of the calendar indicates Fall is in the air and Oktober just days away.

And so, the turning Wheel of Time has brought ’round not one but two events:

That’s right: Teaser Tuesday and Banned Books Week!

Just in case you don’t know, Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! All you have to do is grab the book you’re currently reading, open to a random page and share a few sentences from that page. But make sure you don’t share any spoilers!*

*I wish I could take credit for this introduction, but I shamelessly stole it from Heather over at bitsnbooks. To help me make amends, you should go check out her blog.

I put quite a dent in my TBR, enough that I’m actually 2 books ahead of schedule. I wonder how long that will last?

Anyhow, with this being Banned Books Week and with this year’s focus on YA Literature, I searched through my summer stack of acquisitions and found The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison. Coincidentally – or not – The Bluest Eye is also on the list of Most Challenged Books of 2014 – remember, 2015 isn’t yet over.

The Truly Random Number Generator sends us to page 86:

The cat will always know he is first in her
affections. Even after she bears a child. 

The Bluest Eye cover

In Retrospect

The Man Who Touched His Own Heart: True Tales of Science, Surgery, and Mystery earned only two stars. Read my review here.

My library actually ordered a new book! Kunal Nayyar’s Yes, My Accent Is Real: And Some Other Things I Haven’t Told You  is a fun evening read. I read it mainly because I like the character Nayyar plays on TVs The Big Bang Theory (he plays Raj) and didn’t know much about the actor. 4 stars for sheer fun.

I won an advance copy of Doodlers Anonymous Epic Coloring Book: An Extraordinary Mashup of Doodles and Drawings Begging to be Filled in with Color. It’s a great adult coloring book; I’d highly recommend it when available at your local shop. One major caveat: the publishers have crammed twice the usual number of pictures in the book by printing images on both sides of the page. This may be a turn off for some colorists. 4 stars.

Continuing my streak, I gave Dr. Mütter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine three stars for failing to live up to the promises found in the title. Read my full review here.

Who knows what next week will bring??

 


 

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Monday Morning Grievance: Censorship

It’s Monday and I haven’t had my coffee.

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This week book lovers across the United States observe Banned Books Week. In case you haven’t been able to tell, I strongly support the freedom of speech [and, by extension, the press]. Yes, I have strong opinions, but as one of Voltaire’s biographers summarized his philosophy:

I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

It seems as if intolerance has grown the last several years, with people of every political, social, and cultural stripe seeking to silence those politics, values, and practices differ from their own. And while I believe in moral absolutes, I also know no belief is worth defending which seeks to silence its critics. Healthy, honest, and open debate is a sign of thriving civilization.

I could give examples, but they’re all to clear. No one side or party or people is blameless.

I just wish people could realize that disagreement is neither hate, nor intolerance, nor bigotry, nor ignorance. Society has placed acceptance on a pedestal and adopted the mantra of “Agree of Perish”.

Ignore society.

Speak Out

Be Heard

You Are Entitled To Your Opinion

Reject the Censors

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What annoys you?

 


 

Have a suggestion for a poem, photograph, or future post?

Drop a note in the prompt box!

 

Don’t forget to follow me on:

Facebook – where I share news stories, articles from other blogs, and various and sundry miscellany that happens to catch my eye. It’s stuff you won’t see here! Well, mostly.

Instagram – where I show you my Life in Motion and share quotes and such. The widget only shows my last three photographs – don’t you want to see them all?

Twitter – where you can see my thoughts in 140 characters or less. Also, funny retweets.

Banned Books Week Proclamation 2015

banned books coasterI painted this Banned Books Week coaster two years ago.

 

Banned Books Week Proclamation

 

WHEREAS, the freedom to read is essential to our democracy, and reading is among our greatest freedoms; and

 

WHEREAS, privacy is essential to the exercise of that freedom, and the right to privacy is the right to open inquiry without having the subject of one’s interest examined or scrutinized by others; and

 

WHEREAS, the freedom to read is protected by our Constitution; and

 

WHEREAS some individuals, groups, and public authorities work to remove or limit access to reading materials, to censor content in schools, to label “controversial” views, to distribute lists of “objectionable” books or authors, and to purge libraries of materials reflecting the diversity of society; and

 

WHEREAS, both governmental intimidation and the fear of censorship cause authors who seek to avoid controversy to practice self-censorship, thus limiting our access to new ideas; and

 

WHEREAS, every silencing of a heresy, every enforcement of an orthodoxy, diminishes the toughness and resilience of American society and leaves it less able to deal with controversy and difference; and

 

WHEREAS, Americans still favor free enterprise in ideas and expression, and can be trusted to exercise critical judgment, to recognize propaganda and misinformation, and to make their own decisions about what they read and believe, and to exercise the responsibilities that accompany this freedom; and

 

WHEREAS, intellectual freedom is essential to the preservation of a free society and a creative culture; and

 

WHEREAS, conformity limits the range and variety of inquiry and expression on which our democracy and our culture depend; and

 

WHEREAS, the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read is observed during the last week of September each year as a reminder to Americans not to take their precious freedom for granted; and

 

WHEREAS, Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them; now, therefore, be it

 

RESOLVED, that I celebrate the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week, 27 September – 3 October 2015, and be it further

 

RESOLVED, that I encourage all libraries and bookstores to acquire and make available materials representative of all the people in our society; and be it further

 

RESOLVED, that I encourage free people to read freely, now and forever.

 

Adopted by Me this 27th Day of September, 2015

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