Monday, January 10, 2005

Let's dump them in a big hole

The libraries in two Mississippi counties have decided to take stern, decisive action to safeguard the deteriorating moral fabric of American society. How? By banning a political humor book from the shelves, of course.

That's right: If you want to read Jon Stewart's best-seller America (The Book), you'll have to go somewhere other than George and Jackson counties in our state's western neighbor. Because that book's just filthy. I mean, it's got naked Supreme Court justices in it, and first of all, it ain't none too fittin' to want to make fun of them anyhow, and besides, it might give the little ones the wrong idea about the law! Won't someone please think of the children?!?

But hey, look on the bright side: At least we've finally found a safe place to bury all of the books that Gerald Allen wants to ban.


Blogger Nick Beadle said...

I picked up America (The Book) the other night at Books-A-Million! (the exclamation point means it was started in Florence), and what little I've read of it between work and my social life (i.e. hanging out with potheads, working at the paper some more) is pretty damn good.

Too damn good, in fact, for Mississippi. You have to reach a certain reading level to enjoy comedic literature that damn good.

By the way, in the statement he sent me last month, Gerald Allen said he might have been a little too extreme in the hole comment. Thought that would be interesting fodder for you.

On an entirely different note, you may notice that I have a Blogger account now. No, I'm not engaging in the hypocritical irony of starting a blog less than a week after a column in which I mocked diary blogs was published. But yes, two of my final three journalism classes are requiring me to contribute to or have a blog.

So take that as what you will.

12:02 AM  
Blogger Alabamian said...

A teacher-approved class blog? What will those pesky journalism professors think of next? Maybe someday one of those brainstorms will lead them to the novel idea of actually requiring journalism majors to do -- oh, I don't know -- some kind of journalism before graduation. Sadly, from what I remember of my undergrad days, your situation seems to be becoming an exception to the rule.

Regardless of what brought you online, welcome to the blogosphere. You're safe here from both Gerald Allen and whatever harebrained, hole-related scheme he may cook up in the years to come.

3:00 AM  
Blogger Nick Beadle said...

Looks like the board took the hint and reversed the ban.

But there was some opposition: "Our libraries are not a trash bin for pornographic materials."

He's right about the pornographic thing, you know, because nothing gets me hotter than looking at that nude Ruth Bader Ginsberg photo.

If she could only be my slam-piece.

1:35 PM  
Blogger Alabamian said...

Common sense wins, Jon Stewart gets more media attention, and you save me from having to write a follow-up post. Truly, it is a good day.

3:08 PM  

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