Im a voracious reader. Always have been. We didnt have cable or a lot of cool toys or anything growing up (dont feel sorry for me. we did get a NES when they came out, and a Tandy 2000) but Mom would always take us to the library for a new book at the drop of a hat.
But I dont read a lot of books.
I do occasionally pick up something different, but normally I read the same books over and over and over and over and over.
The ‘worst’ are ‘The Three Musketeers’ and ‘The Martian Chronicles’. I have read them both at least a hundred times (and its my moms copy of ‘Martian Chronicles’, doesnt look good, but it still reads good). I love them.
One of my favorite stories in the history of anything anywhere any time is ‘Usher II‘. It breaks my heart I love it so much.
‘Usher II’ is like ‘Fahrenheit 451′, but only superficially. Government/People banning and ultimately burning books and knowledge and emotions and blah blah blah. People have compared ‘Fahrenheit 451‘ and the proposed burning of the Koran on 9/11 to death.
I dont care, per se, if people are burning the Koran or drawing Moohawmud. Or eating crackers. Or burning flags. Destroying a symbol of a thing is a way to protest a thing. Thats fine.
What bothers me about these people burning the Koran right now, and for this reason, is ‘Usher II’. SPOILER ALERT: The assholes who burned the books? If they had read those books before they burned them, they would have seen their own fate, acted accordingly, and avoided their deaths.
This is not why I think this is wrong:
“I am heartened by the clear, unequivocal condemnation of this disrespectful, disgraceful act that has come from American religious leaders of all faiths,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said.
There is nothing wrong with being disrespectful. And ‘disrespect’ is more often than not used as a weapon to censor others. Hell, its used to ban books. Dont come whining to me if you think you have been ‘disrespected’.
This is why I think this is wrong:
“Garrett?” called Stendahl softly. Garrett silenced himself. “Garrett,” said Stendahl, “do you know why I’ve done this to you? Because you burned Mr. Poe’s books without really reading them. You took other people’s advice that they needed burning. Otherwise you’d have realized what I was going to do to you when we came down here a moment ago. Ignorance is fatal, Mr. Garrett.”
Im afraid there is no thought behind the church burning the Koran. Theres no statement. Theres no intelligence behind it. Its just another group of dumb hick Christians burning books.