Posts Tagged ‘reading’

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Next week, on Sunday the 21st, is Banned Books Week! This is a week to celebrate the freedom to read whatever the heck we want and not worry about what the censors say or what schools say is “good” or “bad” literature. Below is an excerpt from the Banned Books Week website explaining how it started and why…

Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982 according to the American Library Association. There were 307 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2013, and many more go unreported. The 10 most challenged titles of 2013 were:

  1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey. Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence

  2. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison. Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence

  3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie. Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

  4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James. Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

  5. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group

  6. A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone. Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit

  7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green. Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

  8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky. Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

  9. Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya. Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit

  10. Bone (series), by Jeff Smith. Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence

So what about you? Will you pick up a banned book and read it? It’s a full week! If you have a chance to, you should! I’m happy Neil Gaiman, Weird Al Yankovic, and George R.R. Martin support the movement. I might give Bone a shot.

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There comes a time when every blogger takes a desperate leap to increase their hits.  We all know what that means for me though right?  I either have to post about cars or sex.  It’s depressing, but true. Comics are only as popular as the movies make them, and even then not everyone reads.  I’ve been looking at ways of increasing my hits without compromising my own values and appreciations, and thanks to the recommendation of an exhibitionist friend who lives here in Colorado, I found the perfect update for my site!

A group of women who run a website titled The Outdoor Co-Ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society, which is based in New York, get together and read books while topless out in public.  According to the site, New York doesn’t have laws against sitting around certain areas without your top on.  So this band of friends gets together on a regular basis and chats about their favorite crime novels.  How can I increase my blog hits without feeling like I’m desperate?  Combine my love of reading with my love of those who’re are willing to push the boundaries of what is socially acceptable. I have a love of doing nude art as well, and this also falls in line with that. Group bio from their website is below…

We’re a group of friends, and friends of friends, and friends of friends of friends, and complete strangers, who love good books and sunny days and enjoying both as nearly in the altogether as the law allows. Happily, in New York City, the law allows toplessness by both men and women. So that’s the way we do our al fresco reading. If you’re in New York and the weather’s good, won’t you join us sometime…?

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To answer your question…yes, this site is filled with pictures of these women laying around a public park in New York completely topless reading books together.  Now before you head on over to their blog, Keep in mind this isn’t a pornographic site.  (well, I guess that depends on you’re own reasons for visiting huh?) From what I can gather, this is a group of women (and men occasionally) that really do like to live on the edge in the company of a good book.  I’m not certain I would be brave enough if I was a woman to do this, but I’m not going to hate on this band of readers for their need to feel alive and liberated.

Currently they’re working their way through a good selection of hard crime novels, which is always good reading despite the author.  However I’m hoping they bump into this little blurb supporting their reading/exhibitionist group and look into getting some comics in their future reading lists.  I know I could give them some damn good reads that would not only be substantial, mysterious, and fun, but also go right along with their exhibitionist drive.

1. Watchmen – which deals with that pulp fiction era of superheroes, but also has a blue man completely in the buff, presenting this image that nudity isn’t bad, and no one should be afraid of it.

2. Y the Last Man – in which all the men have died except for one, and the mystery of how all the men around the world kicked the bucket begins, leaving women in charge of the post-apocalyptic society.  It’s thought-provoking and intense, with quite a humorous end.

3. Sin City – a quick read, but still incredibly fun.  Filled with the feeling of noir and over-the-top crime crime stopping action, sex, violence, and wonderfully written campiness.

But even if they don’t see this and go on with their reading endeavors, I hope they know that what their doing is awesome and riveting.  I wonder what’s next on their list after the crime novels have been read through?

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