Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Love Me or Leave Me

As a sidebar to the blog tour I took for NOW PLAYING, people contact my publicity gals to see if I want want to write something else. Like 500 words on censorship. Sure, why not. This isn't that piece, of course. This is a blog. But I do have an extra thought or two, and here they are. Do I feel censored when a librarian puts STONER & SPAZ on a special shelf dedicated to challenged books? Not really. I like to be in a little bit of trouble, anyway. And the company is good on those shelves. Mark Twain is usually there, and he's a hoot.
Once or twice in the past, I sat on panels about censorship. Naturally the sponsors assumed I was against censorship, and I guess I was. But I liked the parents who'd read books they didn't want in their homes and were both passionate and articulate about it. Afterwards I told some of them that I admired their position and they were stunned that I wasn't busy dragging their children to the brink of the fiery pit and had time to be cordial.
And then there's the phenomenon called Hardening the Collective. That occurs when Side A of the censorship issue shouts at Side B and B shouts back. Neither can change its mind. Neither wants to. Firm beliefs ossify. Then rigor mortis sets in. I don't want to be part of that. I'm busy being snarky and shouting at slow race horses.
And anyway -- is it really my job to defend what I write? Some people won't like some of it; others will love it. I'll settle for that.


  1. I'd settle for being in the company of Mark Twain.

  2. And where can we find your piece on censorship?

  3. jackie --

    Google a site called THE HATE-MONGERING TART. The post is up today,
    Wednesday. Interestingly enough, there's mark Twain's picture in an ad opposite mine. Either the site or my publicity gals did a nice job . . . book covers, picture, etc.

  4. Here's the link: