conversation with Susie Bright and Steve Harsin

Check out a fantastic conversation between sex-positive writer and activist Susie Bright and librarian and rare book dealer Steve Harsin. Also, check out Steve’s site on censorship. They discuss the ethics of librarianship, the children’s book about the dog who got a snake bite on his scrotum (Higher Power of Lucky), Spike Lee’s movie She’s Gotta Have It, bodice ripper romance novels and Madonna’s Sex.

Susie Bright makes a comment about how smelly patrons are more of an issue to her than accessing sex information is. This classist comment almost ruined the interview for me. I like what Sanford Berman said in his article Classism in the Stacks :

Why, instead of declaiming against lost parking space and people coming into the library without first stopping at the spa, hairdresser, manicurist, and couture clothing boutique-people perhaps coming with bags and maybe kids, people who may not have anyplace else to go (in Minneapolis, for instance, shelters are only allowed to open overnight), people who possibly don’t look, smell, or “behave” like us, like folks with money, like solid middle-class persons, but who nonetheless pay taxes and even work (though not earing enough to afford housing) people who need the library not solely for sanctuary, but also for job searching, education, entertainment reading and emailing-why aren’t poverty, homelessness and hunger the primary objects of our wrath, our discomfort?

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