CBC’s Q interviews Judy Blume

While cooking a tasty batch of Red Greek Lentils from the Rebar cookbook, I heard Jian Ghomeshi interview Judy Blume on CBC’s Q (16:08-:30:08). I can’t believe that she’s 70 years old now. The introduction was lovely: Name a book that was important to you as a kid. A novel that helped you negotiate the…

Colors magazine issue on Freedom of Speech

Issue 65 of Colors, “a magazine about the rest of the world”, is about Freedom of Speech. The issues are thematic. Other themes have included slums, food, home, shopping, race, sports, and 2 issues on HIV/AIDS (Issue 7 in 1994, and Issue 67 in 2006).  They are smart, quirky and have lots of interesting images. …

links

Here’s some interesting links from this week.  I have some stuff to say about the manga/porn case (in sum: a fair chunk of some manga is porn, and that’s completely OK), but that will have to wait until I’ve got some more time. From Boing boing: Apple gets into the book banning business Apple’s refused…

t-shirt slogan survey

Remember the “there’s something in my library to offend everyone” tshirts and sweatshirts?  They were a massively successful fundraiser for the Lois Bewley Intellectual Defense Fund. The IFC is going to redesign the t-shirts and would appreciate your input on slogans before December 12th.  It won’t take much time to do the survey, promise.

freedom of icky speech

A beautifully articulate rant by Neil Gaiman on why we must defend stuff that we personally find icky: Freedom to write, freedom to read, freedom to own material that you believe is worth defending means you’re going to have to stand up for stuff you don’t believe is worth defending, even stuff you find actively…

talking to strangers

The pink “i read banned books” pin that I have on my jacket has started lots of interesting conversations with people I don’t know in lineups, on the bus and in other public places. On the weekend, when I was in line for the ATM, a woman asked me about my button.  She told me…