Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Saturday, September 26, 2009 8:31 am

Ban THIS, ya prigs


It’s Banned Books Week, today through Oct. 3. Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom and the Library of Congress’s Center for the Book. It’s smackdown time for small-minded ninnies, an annual festival for driving Teh Stoopid into the darkest recesses of our culture.

I’m kind of a fan. Perhaps it shows. And I could go on about this, but I’ll leave you with just a couple of thoughts:

Books won’t stay banned. They won’t burn. Ideas won’t go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only weapon against bad ideas is better ideas.
— Alfred Whitney Griswold, New York Times, 24 February 1959

I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.
Jorge Luis Borges

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