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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Light Dawns On Marble Head

by W. Gene Powell


Quick hit: XTC intoned that the smell of burnt books “is not unlike human hair”— a macabre lyric that reminds us of the destructive force of philistinism on human expression, freedom and life itself.

Today marks the beginning of Banned Books Week. A time to celebrate the writers, teachers, librarians and readers who defend the First Amendment at the ISBN level, and shine the light of reason (read sanity) on those who would impose their benighted morality on the rest of us. One hopes there are enough adults in the world to help young people navigate the perils of forbidden knowledge.

So, this week, thank the defenders of truth who understand the imperative consequence of an open mind. Better yet... be one.

Speak. Read. Know.

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