It’s Banned Books Week — Read Something Shocking!

27 09 2008

Is this a good time to mention BANNED BOOKS WEEK is upon us again?  And how fitting that the vice-presidential debate falls right in the middle of it!

“Closing Books Shuts Out Ideas”
[Last year’s theme was “Free People Read Freely!”]
September 27- October 4, 2008

For more:
Palin’s “Actual Responsibilities” as Madame Mayor”

Ignorance Makes the N-Word Even Scarier

Family and Politics

Ban the Book-burning Book for Banned Books Week??

Or maybe you’d like Mess is Robust, With Resonance!

One shudders to think how much more Big School can stand to systemize! Is even more corporate power to tidy up both school and home really healthy for children and families? Rowdy recess games are long gone, purses and cupcakes are being banned as unacceptably untidy, long lists of clothing, toys and ingestible substances including candy have been purged, along with  books judged too stimulating and therefore disorderly for school shelves.

So I tend to welcome counterpoint now and then, toward uncontrolled, untidy thought, word and deed.

Strategy versus Tactics

27 09 2008

I enjoyed this piece — On Strategy and Tactics by James Fallows — because I saw myself in this bit:

Obama would have pleased his base better if he had fought back more harshly in those 90 minutes — cutting McCain off, delivering a similarly harsh closing judgment, using comparably hostile body language, and in general acting more like a combative House of Commons debater. Those would have been effective tactics minute by minute.

But Obama either figured out, or instinctively understood, that the real battle was to make himself seem comfortable, reasonable, responsible, well-versed, and in all ways “safe” and non-outsiderish to the audience just making up its mind about him.

I wanted a stronger performance by Obama. I was wrong. He was thinking way ahead of me.

How nice. 🙂