Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Great day for a book banning
What a wonderful day! There's nothing like a book banning to put a spring in my step! It's one of my favorite manifestations of the law of unintended consequences:

1. Some Christian Taliban, anti-wiener, or bestialityphobe parent complains to a school about a novel;

2. A cowardly school administrator bans the book;

3. Journalists have fun with the ban, and the whole story ideally punks a columnist into defending sex with calves.

4. The next week is full of cranky citizens shouting Morrison, Salinger, Blume, Steinbeck, Twain, Morrison, Salinger, Blume, Steinbeck, Twain, Morrison!

5. Kids, upon discovering the book isn't available in reality-TV, video-game, podcast, YouTube, Comedy-Central, RSS, MySpace, Facebook, comic-book, or anime formats, actually read the novel.

Sweet! In this case, the novel is Toni Morrison's Beloved. If you haven't read it, read it. It will take you away to another world, pick you up, throw you down, break your heart and make you want to tongue kiss Eastern High School principal James Sexton for banning the book. The hot man-on-calf action is just a bonus.

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