Just because there are so many great dog .gifs out there :)
Each one of these deserves its own caption, but hey, I'm lazy today ;)
It's Banned Books Week.
Reading changes you. It makes you more of what's best in humanity and it gives you better ideas and understandings than any other activity, bar none.
Don't let someone's outmoded or wrongheaded or simply stupid fear of knowledge and wisdom and empathy flowing from books shut off access to views they don't like. Remember that when you choose silence in the face of censorship, you set the stage for your own views to be silenced.
I pinched this from Bookliker Edward Lorn. I like it.
1. What is your most expensive book?
<I>The passionate art of Kitagawa Utamaro</i> (2 volumes in slipcase). Or this is the title I'm told it has...it's in Japanese, which I don't speak or read, but it's awesomely awesome and gorgeous.
2. What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?
Louise Penny, for ripping my guts to shreds and for making the characters I care so much about that my guts CAN be ripped to shreds.
3. What book have you devoured over and over again with no shame?
<I>The Hundred and One Dalmatians</i> as a desperate-to-be-rescued child. I stopped reading it when the librarian refused to check it out to me again. Pursey-mouthed lacquered-haired cross-wearing wretch. I still hold a bitter grudge against her polyester-wrapped carcass. Hope she's still alive and suffering from locked-in syndrome.
4. Which book have you neglected reading due to laziness?
<I>Miss MacIntosh, My Darling</i>. I am daunted by its heft and its constellation of literary lights warbling its praises. I'm sure I'll hate it and it would cause me more spiritual pain to hate a book beloved of Vonnegut than it does to admit to not having read it at all.
5. What book do you most talk about in order to sound like an intellectual reader?
Kurt Vonnegut’s <I>Slaughterhouse-Five</i>. And so it goes. (Lorn speaks for us both.)
6. What attributes do you find attractive in a male or female character?
Female characters? Don't care. Male characters? Over the local age of consent. NO TEENAGERS.
7. What book would you most like to receive as a gift?
The leather-bound illustrated extravaganza about Cord automobiles that languishes on my Amazon wishlist, mournfully lowing its unreadness at me. *wistful sigh*
Which is why there are so many challenges to books in libraries and schools. Banning a book, removing it from the shelves, means a voice silenced that makes someone uncomfortable.
Libraries and schools, like newspapers, should comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.
Extra credit: Who spoke the original of that quote?
Some very interesting choices...less famous works by the Usual Suspects. Give it a glance!
The Stairway to Heaven
I'm giving away 2 hardcover copies of Heraclix & Pomp here:
These are the finished product, not an ARC. Both will be signed by me (and not a robot - sorry, Grim).
Please let all your Booklikes friends know! I'm letting the Booklikes algorithm pick the winner, so no favoritism here - everyone has an equal chance of winning! Eligible countries are US, UK, Ireland, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand.
Good luck! The book is even prettier in person than in the picture!
One fantastic writer says goodbye to another.
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The happy birthday wishes are lovely, and thank you all for stopping by to say something kind for this *mumble*ty-fifth year!
New Review! THE DAY OF THE LOCUST by Nathanael West
It's a Hollywood story of the sharpest wit; it's timeless, it's unkind, and it's bitterly amusing. West's last book before his early death. hmmmm