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“To Kill a Mockingbird” is being removed from a junior-high reading list in a Mississippi school district.

Biloxi administrators pulled the novel from the 8th-grade curriculum this week. School board vice president Kenny Holloway says the district received complaints that some of the book’s language “makes people uncomfortable.”

So does some of the language I hear at Wal-Mart, but I still go there!

Published in 1960, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee deals with racial inequality in a small Alabama town and a whole lot more I might add!

It is probably the most important book of the 20th century.

What the heck is wrong with people?

“There were complaints about it. There is some language in the book that makes people uncomfortable, and we can teach the same lesson with other books,” the district’s vice president, Kenny Holloway, told The Sun Herald. “It’s still in our library. But they’re going to use another book in the 8th grade course.”

No, Kenny, no you can’t!

TKAM is THE best book to teach English composition to kids.

It has it all.

And, learning isn’t about comfort, it’s about learning!!!!

I’ve talked about this before, and you and your stupid school board need to listen UP!

A message on the school’s website says “To Kill A Mockingbird” teaches students that compassion and empathy don’t depend upon race or education. Holloway says other books can teach the same lessons.

That may be true, but other books aren’t as well written and other books don’t have every literary trick in the book in them.

Get a grip.

Think About It…

Writer Jackie Collins would have turned 80 today if she were living.

A prolific novelist, she published 32 novels and sold over 500 million copies.

#everywritersdream!

She died of breast cancer in 2015.

It’s Wordless Wednesday, which of course means nothing to me, so I’ll leave you with my favorite Jackieism.

“If you want to achieve your dreams, you must follow them, and the best way to follow them is not to think about wanting to be very rich, but to think about doing something that you really want to do.”

Like Gore said, just write something…

Write Something…

Today is the anniversary of writer Gore Vidal’s birth. He was born in 1925 and died in 2012.

I’m a fan of his work, if not the man.  He was terribly obnoxious, was as famous for his feuds and fights with other writers and celebrities, most notably Norman Mailer and Truman Capote as he was for his writing.

Aside from his body of work, which is important, he left us a quote or two.

Little gems like…”I‘m exactly as I appear. There is no warm, lovable person inside. Beneath my cold exterior, once you break the ice, you find cold water.”

And…”The unfed mind devours itself.”

His advice to writers…”Write something, even if it’s a suicide note.”

Which confirms the first quote…

He also claimed… ”I never miss a chance to have sex or appear on television.”

He was on Carson a lot.

The show, that is.

He was notorious for his malice… “It’s not enough to succeed, others must fail.” was another one that cuts.

And then there’s my favorite…”There is no human problem which could not be solved if people would simply do as I advise.”

Well, lookie there, I think I’ve found my new mantra!

Getting To Know Me! *

I shared this meme on the Facebook pages of my sister-in-law and my niece-in-law (her daughter-in-law…you know how important proper relationship placement is to me.)

I’ll admit it was one of the less controversial posts of the week on my page.

Really there wasn’t so much stirring the pot with this one.

But, it did get me thinking.

That may be true for many or even most people, but I like to think my library is so diverse that one would think I possess multiple personalities…OK, some already do…or the house is full of avid readers.

It is not.

My library ranges from Austen to Zola, as in Emile Zola, not my sister Zola.

Or Aussa’s dog for that matter.

But, I digress.

Reading is important.  I have the attention span of a gnat, and I read several books at a time, picking them UP and putting them down when I feel the need to move on, or see a shiny object, or a squirrel.

I read classics, I read non-fiction, tons of history, even more historical fiction, and there are biographies on every shelf.

And yes, there are more volumes on the American Civil Conflict in my library than any ten people I know.

There are books in every room, books by my chair, books by the bed; they make me happy.

As sure as I am that they all say a little something about me, I’m not so sure perusing the book shelves in my home will fill you in on who I really am.

That would take a conversation.

Or two.

Or, who knows, maybe the books do tell my story.

Have a great Monday.

 

*my apologies to Rogers and Hammerstein.