By Force or Fortune

medievalpoc:

sinidentidades:

An anti-censorship group in America has reported a flurry of attempted book bannings in the last quarter of the year and has said there are increasing numbers of books being taken off school shelves that deal with race or sexuality or are written by “minority” authors.

The Kids’ Right to Read Project (KRRP) is part of the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) and says in November alone they dealt with three times the average number of incidents. To date in 2013, KRRP investigated 49 book bannings or removals from shelves in 29 states, a 53% increase in activity from last year. In the last half of the year the project challenged 31 incidents compared to 14 in the same period last year.

Acacia O’Connor of the KRRP said, “Whether or not patterns like this are the result of co-ordination between would-be censors across the country is impossible to say. But there are moments, when a half-dozen or so challenges regarding race or LGBT content hit within a couple weeks, where you just have to ask ‘what is going on out there?’”

Among the books which have been complained about were Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, Toni Morrison’s The Bluest EyeAlice Walker's The Color Purple, Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time IndianIsabel Allende's The House of the Spirits and Rudolfo Anaya’s Bless Me, Ultima.

Most of the challengers were parents of district students or library patrons, though a handful were local or state government officials. Of the more than two dozen incidents KRRP faced from September to December, the majority involved materials used in classroom instruction.

"It has been a sprint since the beginning of the school year," said O’Connor. "We would settle one issue and wake up the next morning to find out another book was on the chopping block."

However, the KRRP says it has also seen an increase in “challenged” books being returned to the shelves following the body’s involvement. This month saw two major victories: Rudolfo Anaya’s Bless Me, Ultima was returned to English classrooms in Driggs, Idaho, and a ban on Isabel Allende’s The House of the Spirits was lifted at Watauga County Schools in Boone, North Carolina.

Among the other successes the KRRP counts was the situation involving the urban fantasy novel Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, which was removed from the shelves at schools in Alamogordo, New Mexico, following a single complaint by a parent. The school board later reinstated the book.

Neil Gaiman said today: “I’m just glad that organisations like the Kids’ Right to Read Project exist, and that so many of these challenges have successful outcomes – it’s obvious that without them, the people who do not want their children, or other people’s, exposed to ideas, would be much more successful at making books vanish from the shelves.”

KRRP, co-founded by the NCAC and the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression and supported by the Association of American Publishers and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, says it is difficult to estimate exactly how many books are challenged or removed as many incidents go unreported.

The KRRP also successfully tackled the proposed banning of The Diary of Anne Frank from schools in Northville, Michigan, where one parent complained that passages detailing Anne’s descriptions of her own body were “pornographic”, and Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which was branded “anti-Christian”. The KRRP and NCAC “went to bat for [this book] more than any other work in 2013, facing challenges in Montana, New York, and two new cases in New Jersey and West Virginia.”

Sherman Alexie said censors are “punishing the imagination. That’s why we’re fighting them.”

A reminder to people just how hostile the current social environment is to learning anything about marginalized voices.

Also, please note the bolded: the books under attack are those being used in classroom environments as tools for diversity in education.

We still live in a time where we don’t want our kids to think for themselves.

Don’t think about anything that might lead you to believe that respect is the right way to think about human beings. /sarcasm

You know. Regular stuff.

Went to Boneshaker Books in Minneapolis yesterday with one of my dearest and oldest friends.
It was a really sweet tiny bookstore with a ton of local and odd published books. Some of the genres they had were zine comics, anarchism, communism, feminism, lgbtq, animal rights, and then the usual fiction/non-fiction as well as some used books. It was a lot of fun and I found some awesome stuff I just wish I had more money! 
I ended up getting “Blasphemy” by Sherman Alexie (I know it’s not odd or unusual but I love his work!) I want to go back so bad!

Went to Boneshaker Books in Minneapolis yesterday with one of my dearest and oldest friends.

It was a really sweet tiny bookstore with a ton of local and odd published books. Some of the genres they had were zine comics, anarchism, communism, feminism, lgbtq, animal rights, and then the usual fiction/non-fiction as well as some used books. It was a lot of fun and I found some awesome stuff I just wish I had more money!

I ended up getting “Blasphemy” by Sherman Alexie (I know it’s not odd or unusual but I love his work!) I want to go back so bad!

endless-suicide:

yusufsfirmbutt:

flyingmintbunneh:

mochiyoshka:

yusufsfirmbutt:

people who overreact about other people cutting up books to make art

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Are you actually serious right now??

People who think cutting up books is art

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yeah

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this totally isn’t art

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no skill

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i could do this in my sleep

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hideous

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The sarcasm in this…. It is AMAZING

laconicllama:

zarggg:

env0:

aisleylikeszebras:

To me, this post might be just as important as the bible.

One of my classes. My elderly teacher taught us this because he really cared about books.

Why does no one teach us these things anymore?

I get so uppity when someone breaks the binding on my books.

laconicllama:

zarggg:

env0:

aisleylikeszebras:

To me, this post might be just as important as the bible.

One of my classes. My elderly teacher taught us this because he really cared about books.

Why does no one teach us these things anymore?

I get so uppity when someone breaks the binding on my books.

murakamistuff:

Murakami Collection
(Photo by our facebook follower Vahid Nassiri)

murakamistuff:

Murakami Collection

(Photo by our facebook follower Vahid Nassiri)

forget-all-about-sam:

There is a place. Like no place on Earth. A land full of wonder, mystery, and danger!

wat

Can I live here?

You’re beautiful, but you’re empty…One couldn’t die for you.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince (via sad-plath)

(One of my favorite books)

misbeliever:

More black and white gifs HERE

misbeliever:

More black and white gifs HERE

Reasons my plan B is being a librarian.

Reasons my plan B is being a librarian.

One of my favorites. Oh this comic book is so beautifully pessimistic.

One of my favorites. Oh this comic book is so beautifully pessimistic.

Oh would you look at that. Another bookshelf. 
My “Shots in the Dark” got cut off. It’s a wonderful coffee table book of crime scene photographs from the early 1900’s up to Sid Vicious and the Kennedy Assassination. Super cool. 
Other than that, Number 9 Dream, a couple of Dark Tower Series books (I wanted each one to be different since I was getting them all secondhand), The Watchmen that I got, oh lord, 7 or 8 years ago from one of my English teachers, ALL OF SANDMAN BECAUSE I’M THAT GIRL, and a couple of manga series I just can’t get rid of (The Demon Ororon where a prince of Hell falls in love with a 15 year old (did I mention Lolita?) and Cowboy Bebop because reasons.
I also have the whole series of “Scalped” which is super good. Check it out if you like Native American modern fiction. (I do.)

Oh would you look at that. Another bookshelf.

My “Shots in the Dark” got cut off. It’s a wonderful coffee table book of crime scene photographs from the early 1900’s up to Sid Vicious and the Kennedy Assassination. Super cool.

Other than that, Number 9 Dream, a couple of Dark Tower Series books (I wanted each one to be different since I was getting them all secondhand), The Watchmen that I got, oh lord, 7 or 8 years ago from one of my English teachers, ALL OF SANDMAN BECAUSE I’M THAT GIRL, and a couple of manga series I just can’t get rid of (The Demon Ororon where a prince of Hell falls in love with a 15 year old (did I mention Lolita?) and Cowboy Bebop because reasons.

I also have the whole series of “Scalped” which is super good. Check it out if you like Native American modern fiction. (I do.)

A brief glimpse of one of my bookshelves. (I have…so many books.)
John Steinbeck’s East of Eden is one of my favorites of all time. This book is crazy. (One that reminded me of it is The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggart by M. Glenn Taylor which is also pretty great. I love multi-generational hillbilly stories.)
Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves which if you are any kind of horror fan I deeply, DEEPLY, suggest this book. Same with 50 Year Sword which is written more as a children’s story but the message is so heavy it just haunts you afterwards. 
Great Gatsby because we all wish we were rich and reckless. 
Lolita because this book is one of my favorite love stories of all time. 
Sherman Alexei because of his honesty. (yukyuk Smoke Signals), Picture of Dorian Gray (should be self explanatory by now), and 4 of my I think 7 or 8 Murakami books. (Kafka on the Shore, Wind Up Bird Chronicles, Dance Dance Dance, and Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World which is one of my favorites.) Battle Royale was on the other side of Steinbeck, you’ll just have to believe me. Oh, Koushun Takami.

A brief glimpse of one of my bookshelves. (I have…so many books.)

John Steinbeck’s East of Eden is one of my favorites of all time. This book is crazy. (One that reminded me of it is The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggart by M. Glenn Taylor which is also pretty great. I love multi-generational hillbilly stories.)

Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves which if you are any kind of horror fan I deeply, DEEPLY, suggest this book. Same with 50 Year Sword which is written more as a children’s story but the message is so heavy it just haunts you afterwards.

Great Gatsby because we all wish we were rich and reckless.

Lolita because this book is one of my favorite love stories of all time.

Sherman Alexei because of his honesty. (yukyuk Smoke Signals), Picture of Dorian Gray (should be self explanatory by now), and 4 of my I think 7 or 8 Murakami books. (Kafka on the Shore, Wind Up Bird Chronicles, Dance Dance Dance, and Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World which is one of my favorites.) Battle Royale was on the other side of Steinbeck, you’ll just have to believe me. Oh, Koushun Takami.

I need this so badly. 
iheartclassics:

A book shelf for the most avid of readers…you don’t even have to move to start reading!

I need this so badly.

iheartclassics:

A book shelf for the most avid of readers…you don’t even have to move to start reading!

Upddddaaateee

Bowled today, my high score was a 189. I know I know, you’re all like “whaaaaat?” I’m pretty much a pro. (haaaaaaa).

Bought some candles. Scents include bamboo lotus, apple blossom, and coastal breeze. The bamboo lotus one smells exactly like a conservatory and its spectacular.

Bought a few books from the Half-Price clearance section per usual including: The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggart, The Convalescent, and Private Midnight. I don’t really know anything about any of them yet so hopefully they are a good read, they were only 2$ each so can’t go wrong really.

Hoping to get to the good Cheapo in the Roseville/Midway area to search for seasons 2 and 4 of Venture Bros…!  

Other than that my dearies life has been pretty mundane, on spring break wooo which includes working and doing homework but seeing the dog and being home with free food is always a nice feeling!

Maybe a haircut. mmmmyes.

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