Thursday, November 22, 2012

Why I Write

I write because I have no choice, plain and simple at that. When I think, what I see, the things I envision, the people I meet, the dawning of the day, the dreams dreamt, the breath I breathe I see words and those words become sentences. And those sentences become paragraph. And from those paragraphs become stories.

I cannot say that all I see or envision is great, but there is a need to get those words out, so I am a writer of stories. A writer of stories overhauled from the images of people I see in my mind’s eye.

In Elementary I had an aunt who encouraged me to write once she read a story I wrote about Ralph J. Bunch and that we cannot live in a capsule, this was when my conscious level met my need. I’d revamp Classics that I read (i.e. Wuthering Heights) into plays for our class to act out and this is why I write.

Mary Stewart (one of the greatest Victorian writers) was once interviewed by another Londoner, she quoted when asked why she wrote, “…and I think you’re either born with the storyteller’s flair or you’re not. You can learn much about the craft of writing, but you either have the storyteller’s flair or you don’t. It’s no virtue of mine. It’s just there. In a story, however, each point of rest is also a point of departure; you can’t help it.” And I agree, that the storyteller wants to let the story out to be heard, read, visualize, tasted, chewed and spat out, this is why I write.

Perhaps what I write may not appeal to the masses, but I have the need to entertain, and this entertainment is through written word, this is why I write.

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Friday, September 7, 2012

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Freedom to Read

September 30−October 6, 2012

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. Banned Books Week 2012 marks its 30th anniversary. Thousands of individuals and institutions across the United States participate in Banned Books Week each year, and it has grown into a premier literary event and a national awareness and advocacy campaign around censorship.

The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.

The degree of control of certain publications from country to country differs and at different periods of time. Many of these restrictions are considered to be obscene, which could be considered the suppressing of sexual content, racism, glorifying drugs or social standing. 
Governments have also sought to ban certain books that they perceived to contain material that could threaten, embarrass or criticize it—religious authorities (claiming to protect the innocent), immorality as well as profanity.
Banned or challenged books are those that have been removed from the shelves of libraries, bookstores, or classrooms because of its controversial content. In the past some of these books have been burned and or refused further publication.
This is a form of censorship and hits the very core of our freedom to read. From September 30th-October 6, 2012 we celebrate ‘banned book’ week and read, read and read. Below is just an inkling of some of those books by years.
Take the time this week and pick up one or three of them, and maybe you can see why they were banned or challenged.
According to Mike Clark, president of the Association of London Chief Librarians, “Banned Books Week points up the ludicrousness of banning legitimate literature. perhaps more than any other profession, librarians find themselves dealing with the reality of censorship on a day to day basis. In bringing together these controversial titles of past and present, Banned Books gives us an opportunity to discuss what freedom of expression means today." So what do you think?

List of banned books from the 1600's-2000's

About a Silence in Literature
Živorad Stojković

A Feast for the Seaweeds (1983)




Angaray (1932)

Animal Farm (1945)

Areopagitica (1644)

A Spoon on Earth
Hyeon Gi-yeong

Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism (2008)


Borstal Boy (1958)



Candide (1759)

Edna O'Brien    

Curved River (1963)

Dan Brown         

The Death of Lorca (1971)
Ian Gibson              


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