ohioclaire:

Souvenir postcard from my trip to the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library in Indianapolis. 

Brilliant postcard.

ohioclaire:

Souvenir postcard from my trip to the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library in Indianapolis. 

Brilliant postcard.

(via ohioclaire-deactivated20121103)

wasthursday:

fuckyeahreading:

dontlimitmylit:

Al-Jazeera finally catches wind of our embarrassing JAWI raids, book bans, moral policing & censorship by harassment in Malaysia. It’s a feature! Apparently these are how religious officials like these days: 

“They singled out the Malay women and asked them if they were married,” Borders Books’ Chief Operating Officer Yau Su Peng told Al Jazeera. “Those who said they were single were then accused of being a lesbian. Some were in tears.”
Nik Raina and Fung were then ordered to appear at JAWI’s offices the next day. When they did so, Nik Raina’s lawyer was turned away, denying her a right to counsel that’s enshrined in Malaysia’s constitution.
All this happened even though at the time, on May 23, Allah, Liberty and Love wasn’t actually banned.

Click the picture for the full article and read about the absolute nonsense going down in our so called democracy over a BOOK. It’s a good story that I hope more will pick up on. As a book lover Muslim patriot myself, I totally believe my country deserves shaming for this on an international level. 

Journalists, here!

No, no, no, you are doing it all wrong, Malaysia. You don’t ban the book outright. You restrict access to it, because of THE CHILDREN. Then you accuse anyone who calls you on your reprehensible bigotry of being Racist Against Christians. Then you get a show on FOX News! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!

wasthursday:

fuckyeahreading:

dontlimitmylit:

Al-Jazeera finally catches wind of our embarrassing JAWI raids, book bans, moral policing & censorship by harassment in Malaysia. It’s a feature! Apparently these are how religious officials like these days: 

“They singled out the Malay women and asked them if they were married,” Borders Books’ Chief Operating Officer Yau Su Peng told Al Jazeera. “Those who said they were single were then accused of being a lesbian. Some were in tears.”

Nik Raina and Fung were then ordered to appear at JAWI’s offices the next day. When they did so, Nik Raina’s lawyer was turned away, denying her a right to counsel that’s enshrined in Malaysia’s constitution.

All this happened even though at the time, on May 23, Allah, Liberty and Love wasn’t actually banned.

Click the picture for the full article and read about the absolute nonsense going down in our so called democracy over a BOOK. It’s a good story that I hope more will pick up on. As a book lover Muslim patriot myself, I totally believe my country deserves shaming for this on an international level. 

Journalists, here!

No, no, no, you are doing it all wrong, Malaysia. You don’t ban the book outright. You restrict access to it, because of THE CHILDREN. Then you accuse anyone who calls you on your reprehensible bigotry of being Racist Against Christians. Then you get a show on FOX News! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!

"This book belongs to Karl"

"This book belongs to Karl"

(Source: yimmyayo)

tea-stories:

‘… complaints about the book were harsh, including that it is anti-ethnic, anti-family, satanic, and violent. The trilogy’s author, Suzanne Collins, has said she is aware that “people were concerned about the level of violence in the books. That’s not unreasonable. They are violent. It’s a war trilogy.” ‘
from The Hunger Games and More Top 10 Banned Books

tea-stories:

‘… complaints about the book were harsh, including that it is anti-ethnic, anti-family, satanic, and violent. The trilogy’s author, Suzanne Collins, has said she is aware that “people were concerned about the level of violence in the books. That’s not unreasonable. They are violent. It’s a war trilogy.” ‘

from The Hunger Games and More Top 10 Banned Books

“When I was a freshman in high school, I went to the library one day and my librarian was sticking books inside a box. And I asked her, ‘What are you doing with those books?’ She said, ‘Well, these books have been banned. They can no longer be on library shelves.” So she took books from the shelf, put them inside the box, and then she looked at me very pointedly, and she pushed the box toward me, and then she turned around. She was telling me to take one of those books, and so I did. I reached inside the box, I pulled out a copy of ‘Catcher in the Rye’, and I ran out of the library. That librarian changed my life forever.”

Al-Jazeera finally catches wind of our embarrassing JAWI raids, book bans, moral policing & censorship by harassment in Malaysia. It’s a feature! Apparently these are how religious officials like these days: 

"They singled out the Malay women and asked them if they were married," Borders Books’ Chief Operating Officer Yau Su Peng told Al Jazeera. "Those who said they were single were then accused of being a lesbian. Some were in tears."
Nik Raina and Fung were then ordered to appear at JAWI’s offices the next day. When they did so, Nik Raina’s lawyer was turned away, denying her a right to counsel that’s enshrined in Malaysia’s constitution.
All this happened even though at the time, on May 23, Allah, Liberty and Love wasn’t actually banned.

Click the picture for the full article and read about the absolute nonsense going down in our so called democracy over a BOOK. It’s a good story that I hope more will pick up on. As a book lover Muslim patriot myself, I totally believe my country deserves shaming for this on an international level. 

Al-Jazeera finally catches wind of our embarrassing JAWI raids, book bans, moral policing & censorship by harassment in Malaysia. It’s a feature! Apparently these are how religious officials like these days: 

"They singled out the Malay women and asked them if they were married," Borders Books’ Chief Operating Officer Yau Su Peng told Al Jazeera. "Those who said they were single were then accused of being a lesbian. Some were in tears."

Nik Raina and Fung were then ordered to appear at JAWI’s offices the next day. When they did so, Nik Raina’s lawyer was turned away, denying her a right to counsel that’s enshrined in Malaysia’s constitution.

All this happened even though at the time, on May 23, Allah, Liberty and Love wasn’t actually banned.

Click the picture for the full article and read about the absolute nonsense going down in our so called democracy over a BOOK. It’s a good story that I hope more will pick up on. As a book lover Muslim patriot myself, I totally believe my country deserves shaming for this on an international level. 

What others have said:
"Chinua Achebe’s book Things Fall Apart paints an appropriate picture of how systems unravel to a point of irretrievable gloom. It ends in terror, with little to redeem. My heart panics at the thought of Malaysia falling in such horrid fashion.” — Egalitaria.wordpress.com
"It’s a wonderful book and we used to teach it as part of our B.Ed TESL course. I haven’t a clue why it might be deemed unsuitable for a Malaysian readership, have you? I’m so angry I fear I might explode." — Sharon Bakar, Bibliobibuli
"Reportedly banned in Malaysia, it is critical of colonialism and its consequences."— #7 on ShortList.com’s 10 Banned Books list

What others have said:

"Chinua Achebe’s book Things Fall Apart paints an appropriate picture of how systems unravel to a point of irretrievable gloom. It ends in terror, with little to redeem. My heart panics at the thought of Malaysia falling in such horrid fashion.” — Egalitaria.wordpress.com

"It’s a wonderful book and we used to teach it as part of our B.Ed TESL course. I haven’t a clue why it might be deemed unsuitable for a Malaysian readership, have you? I’m so angry I fear I might explode." — Sharon Bakar, Bibliobibuli

"Reportedly banned in Malaysia, it is critical of colonialism and its consequences."— #7 on ShortList.com’s 10 Banned Books list

heyboobooks:

A case of the Mondays = easily cured by serving one’s coffee in a Banned Books mug.

heyboobooks:

A case of the Mondays = easily cured by serving one’s coffee in a Banned Books mug.

One of my goals in life: To write a challenged/banned book


0pheli4c:

Why? Because books have ideas. And if people are challenged by the fact that my thoughts can make people think as well, then… I think that is the best way a writer can succeed. So burn my books! Ban them! People will only read them more. Books contain ideas. Books have shaped my world view. You can never stop the flow of ideas. 

(Source: westegg-story)

My Banned Books To Read List


lilyroescott:

#3 The Color Purple - Alice Walker

Published 1982. About a black woman’s life in the 1930’s in the southern United States.

The Colour Purple received the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, but that hasn’t stopped it being a target for censors. It addresses numerous issues including black women’s exceedingly low position in American social culture. It was banned from several schools during the 80’s through out USA because of explicit sexuality, man’s relationship to God, violence and rough language.
And later in the 21th centuary schools and group continued to ban the book due to homosexuallity, incest and rape that is portrayed in the book.

The American Library Association listed The Color Purple as number 17 on its list of the 100 most frequently challenged books of 2000-2009.

“All my life I had to fight. I had to fight my daddy. I had to fight my brothers. I had to fight my cousins and my uncles. A girl child ain’t safe in a family of men. But I never thought I’d have to fight in my own house. She let out her breath. I loves Harpo, she says. God knows I do. But I’ll kill him dead before I let him beat me.”

(Source: pauloperditusalicia)

funnychica80:

I wish this Hello Kitty doll really exisited.

funnychica80:

I wish this Hello Kitty doll really exisited.

ellenhopkins:

In case you haven’t seen this. The First Amendment rocks.

ellenhopkins:

In case you haven’t seen this. The First Amendment rocks.

howstuffworks:

Who wants to look for Waldo when there are so many more interesting things to see in the pages of these colorful, over-sized children’s books? Waldo-mania swept the country in the mid-1990s, but schools in Michigan and New York wiped out Waldo because “on some of the pages there are dirty things.” These “dirty things” included a topless lady on the beach. It’s just a hunch, but if you can find her, Waldo’s probably not far away… 

Here are 8 more “Surprising Banned Books”
 Image Courtesy Waldo Wiki

howstuffworks:

Who wants to look for Waldo when there are so many more interesting things to see in the pages of these colorful, over-sized children’s books? Waldo-mania swept the country in the mid-1990s, but schools in Michigan and New York wiped out Waldo because “on some of the pages there are dirty things.” These “dirty things” included a topless lady on the beach. It’s just a hunch, but if you can find her, Waldo’s probably not far away…

Here are 8 more “Surprising Banned Books”

Image Courtesy Waldo Wiki