I hear that it's banned books week in the US. I hope everyone is keeping in the spirit of it by re-reading Fahrenheit 451. And with perfect timing, someone has tried to get "The Veldt" removed from their school's reading list. I've put some links in my blog.
Phil, I think it starts next week. At the bookstore where I work, we have been working on a display and collecting books on the "banned list". The display is rather large, around eight feet long and four feet high. It is basically different colored flames with our theme being, "is this what it's coming to?". I helped collect some of the books off the huge list, I think it was around two hundred books on the list. I could not beleive some that were on the list. Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are for showing part of his bottom and talking back to the parents. Many many others including, Steinbeck, Sallinger, Twain, Bradbury. There must be a list online that you can access. I hope everyone will take the opportunity to buy and read a banned book next week.
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I presented an academic lecture "Freedom on Fire: The Dystopian Future of Fahrenheit 451" at our central library (the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library in Florence, Alabama) on Sunday, Sept. 30, in observance of Banned Books Week. We had a terrific crowd and lots of stimulating discussion, plus we filled up three tables with displays of Fahrenheit material from my personal collection. Here's a photo my wife Anita made before the lecture. The lecture happened to fall on my 50th birthday. After losing both my mom and Ray as well as several other dear friends this year, discussing Ray and his best-known book proved to be a therapeutic way for me to commemorate the end of my first half-century.
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Terry, great photo! What a way to spend your special day...celebrating with the spirits of loved ones all around! Your display in the photo is right on.
The Banned Books presentation I was privileged to present had a wide-range of F451's from paperback '53 to those fine copies you had for review (all with Mr. B's name signed within). Ironically, I just recently organized my various RB files (as in your display) and continue to be amazed at the generosity of the man we so admired. Volumes of all sorts of "heart-warming stuff!"
(BTW: We visited with you in Glendale in '09 at his 89th. I am always pleased to hear of your activities and hope someday to be able to travel to enjoy one of your seminars personally.) f
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