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Senior Year Update #6: Book Burning, Blackfish, and Pink Underwear

Holy crap, it’s February! My promise to post every other week has not been kept so far, but I’ll try to get back on schedule. 754 more words

Anecdotes

Iraqi Libraries Ransacked by Islamic State Group in Mosul - ABC News

“When Islamic State group militants invaded the Central Library of Mosul earlier this month, they were on a mission to destroy a familiar enemy: other people’s ideas.” These people are truly barbarians! 52 more words

History

Burn Those Books Morons

One of the more basic arguments about the Middle East turns on the question of whether Islamic cultures are inherently pre-modern. One side will cite the glories of Islamic scholarship which preserved a good deal of the Western world’s knowledge (a claim which is contested). 28 more words

Culture

A Book Is A Condom.

“I’m sure the only act that sells more books than a good banning is a good burning.”
~ Pansy Schneider-Horst

EBook reading devices are like telephones in call centres. 443 more words

Books

A Book Lover's Pilgrimage

Maybe November is the wrong time to visit Germany. The sky, on my recent vacation there, was relentlessly gray; the air, bitter cold. But climate is all relative: when I was living in Boston I would refer to such temperatures (hovering just above freezing) as… 654 more words

Books Are Disappearing! What Do You Save?

If a new Dark Age began and books were burned by whatever authority ordered them destroyed, what would you do?

Here’s my question for you:  If you had the chance to save five books, which ones would you save?  28 more words

Books

David, Goliath and Book Geeks

When I visited Berlin a few years ago I stood in the same square where the Nazis burned all the ‘unGerman’ books back in 1933 and was profoundly shocked and saddened by this intolerance, and deliberate destruction of education, creativity and knowledge. 422 more words

Non-Fiction