September 29th, 2006


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From the altfriday5:

1. The list of the top 100 challenged or banned books from 1990 - 2000 is here. Or, for a less youth-oriented list, go here.

1. Which of these books have you read?

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck
The Color Purple, Alice Walker
A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L'Engle
Beloved, Toni Morrison
The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton
Flowers for Algernon Daniel Keyes
Lord of the Flies, William Golding
Native Son , Richard Wright
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
1984, George Orwell
The Lord of the Flies, William Golding
The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
Ulysses, James Joyce
Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck
Catch-22, Joseph Heller
As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner
Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess
Go Tell it on the Mountain, James Baldwin
The Call of the Wild, Jack London
The Jungle, Upton Sinclair
Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison
Naked Lunch, William S. Burroughs
An American Tragedy, Theodore Dreiser

2. Which of those books, if any, had a strong effect on you -- either positive or negative? How did they affect you?

There's not a single one that I am not glad that I read; of this particular banned books list (there are so many), of mice and men, to kill a mockingbird, flowers for algernon and the call of the wild were the most influential when I was in high school; right now I'd say ulysses, native son and naked lunch are the most currently important works on the list; ulysses for its experiments with form, and native son and naked lunch as narratives from outside american 'mainstream' culture, as it is perceived by the more fascist among us. those kinds of narratives are sorely needed now.

3. Have you ever been personally affected by or involved in a challenge or a ban of a book? If yes, tell us a bit about it.

no, oddly enough since I grew up in the bible belt.

4. Have you ever read a book that you felt should have been banned? If yes, why?

I can honestly say that it has never occurred to me to ban a book. free speech is probably the very last freedom that I'd give up for any reason.

5. How do you feel about the banning of books? Is it an important issue to you?

books are banned by cowards who are afraid of ideas--in some cases justifiably so, when those ideas call into question the despotic power and control over both thought and action that book banners want to maintain. books are nourishment for freedom from domination, nourishment that it should be a crime to cut off.

yeah I feel strongly about it.
  • Current Mood
    thoughtful thoughtful

tiny little good karma payback

I must have helped a little old lady across the street in my last life--although since it was apparently in the tenth century CE in ontario, I must have saved her from freezing in the snow or something.

the reasons are multiple why there is a hold on my registration so I won't go into those, but usually if they put a hold on your registration you can't be hired to work any graduate student positions, but somehow my hire went through and I just got a check for two months' worth of salary, which is approximately what I owe to get the registration block lifted.

there might be enough left over to buy a pair of pants at nordstrom rack in celebration. we'll see.

the berkeley system is kind of bipolar in that it can be maddeningly obstructivist or unexpectedly compassionate. but never anything in between, like predictable.

but so this means my insurance takes effect and everything which is just in the nick of time as my therapist wants to put through a small stack of claims. phew.
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    relieved relieved

cold leatherette

since being on testosterone, it has become something of a little game for me to sit here without a shirt on and see how long it takes to register that I am cold. I am cold; it is not all that warm in here and I've been sitting quietly for about 45 minutes. but am I cold enough actually to get up and put on my sweatshirt? dig this: I can fall asleep now without a shirt on, cold, sitting in a chair, with my forehead on the keyboard for many minutes now.

naturally the thing I should do is put on my sweats and go to bed. even my typing is slow and full of necessary corrections. I am vaguely aware that santiago is trying to get my attention which means he is somewhere I'd rather he not be knocking over things I'd rather he didn't knock over. where is he now? ah. I marshaled enough energy to shoo him off into some other corner of my room to dismantle something else.

I want to get up at a decent hour tomorrow, which for me means 'before 10.' assuming I go to bed soon, 8am would not be unreasonable but I wonder what would happen if I did not set an alarm. the problem with that strategy is not only that I sleep like a drugged man between 7 and noon if allowed to but the drugged-like state comes with my morning terrors, wherein I panic that I will never be able to wake up. lucid dreaming has its down side. thus the alarm for 10 if I go to bed at midnight. it is like sleeping in but without the panic. there's a statement that only makes sense to me.

okey I put on my sweatshirt. now I am aware that I am no longer cold. I guess I know where to go from here.