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An Open Letter to Russell Brand: It’s Like They’ve Locked the School Librarian in a Closet and Are Burning All the Books While Laughing Like Demons in the Firelight

Dear Mr. Brand,

We thank you, we really do, for trying to help us find meaning in our latest calamity. You might be right, but here on the ground it doesn’t feel like liberalism has failed us. 822 more words

MindSparks

Remembering Hard Times!

This plaque in the main square in Frankfurt, is a commemoration of a large book burning ceremony that took place here (and in many other parts of Germany) in May 1933, when thousands of books, believed to be “un German” were… 31 more words

Travel

Which Books?

Johann Koehle

This photo is usually divorced from its specific content. It is the most famous image of Nazi book burning. Most people assume the specific books don’t matter. 262 more words

Activism

Fahrenheit 451

I just finished reading Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.  My favorite section in the book, is when Montag asked, “Where do we go from here?  Would books help us?” 108 more words

Limi girl - part 3

Jacinta: So it’s been a while, but let’s return to that fascinating movie about identity, ambition, entrapment and dislocation, Limi Girl.

Canto: After this poignant moment when Xiumei and Heigo recognise the difficulty of living independently, of controlling the forces around them, Heigo announces his arranged marriage to Shugio – ‘but it’s… 1,503 more words

Society

Intellectual Intolerance In an Ancient Democracy

Protagoras, from Diogenes Laertius, 9.51

“ was also the first to say that there are two arguments in opposition to each other concerning every matter. He argued with these and was the first to do this. 137 more words