Tuesday, October 01, 2013

random thoughts

  • Oh dear. Rod Dreher is whining again. He will never get off the pot and go on with his life. He's just going to sit there screaming for  our attention.
  • New Yorkers really aren't all that tough. They just look the part.  Baltimoreans call you honey and baby but they really are tough.The Church is in no better shape in Latin America than it is here and most middle class people have no idea of what they speak when they talk about the poor.
  • People here in Northern Virginia are freaking out over the government shut down. You'd think the Federal workers were in danger of starving.

  • I'm a librarian (law, not public), but I have no problem with censorship of children's books. If you want Fifty Shades of Gray in the teen section of the public library I think decent people should refuse to acknowledge your presence in a room. I read  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and yes, it is a gripping, unforgettable book but an innocent nine year old doesn't need to read it. A little girl or boy doesn't need to know about what life is like with a mother who is a harlot or what being raped by that mother's vengeful rejected boyfriend is like. Yes, Maya Angelou triumphs (in part) over the nightmare episode of her childhood but this is NOT a child's book.  I think kids should be protected. Oh and those Twilight Moms are creepy. If you are okay with your twelve year old dreaming about sex with a six foot tall, sparkly reanimated corpse  buy the books your own silly self. Don't demand that they be in the youth section of the public library.


Steve Dalton said...

Dymphna, I'm a fan of classic horror stories and movies, and I agree with you about Twilight. Vampires, in classic folklore and in the classic stories were never portrayed like they're pictured in the Twilight books and movies. The classic vampire was always shown as a hideous monster, a demon possessed walking corpse, that Christian folks had to destroy, not embrace as a loved one. Every country in the world that have a traditional belief in the walking dead sees them this way. The Twilight books are basically necrophiliac fantasies and should not be read by anyone of any age

R J said...

Decades ago, Fr. Leslie Rumble (in his great Radio Replies apologetics) pointed out that if you object to the restricting of poisonous ideas, you must logically object to the restricting of poisonous substances. In which case, why not let everybody, kids and adults alike, drink hydrochloric acid?

As Fr. Rumble himself observed, "The Church ... forbids books which foster the credulity of her enemies. You might as well accuse a chemist of desiring the ill-health of his customers and not their health when he labels a bottle 'Poison'. ... If it be in the interests of the public to have a 'Pure Foods Act,' is it not in the interest of Christians to have a 'Pure Faith Act'?"


Joe Potillor said...

Twilight shouldn't be allowed anywhere, vampires that sparkle, ick...just horrid literature

Lola said...

A young woman on youtube, Angie Barry, suggested twighlight is schlock. Edwards is most likely a blood drinking farie. She knows her fantasy genre.
Also, it is poorly written or so I heard.

My oldest has complained about the numerous typos and poorly written books aimed at youth. For instance the Hunger Games has too many to count typos. Drove her crazy.

Back when I was a newbie Librarian, Madonnas
'Sex' book stayed off our shelves because of poor reviews. We dodged a bullet then.

I'm a mamma to a young teen and tween. They don't check out a book without my approval.

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

I am not in favour of having Harry Potter in public libraries.

I saw one which was a bit infested with HP fandom.

Appropriately I looked up an article 16 things that are so wrong with HP.

But the fact remains that some would like to weed out Tolkien or CSL along with it.