Book Burning, Try It

I am a bibliophile, born with it, no doubt. Doubtless as well, I like physical books and in this lifetime I will never prefer electronic books. Nope, not ever. That I’ve gotten beyond finding them offensive is as far as I expect to get in the foreseeable future.

When I first heard of the ‘modern day book-burning’ selling as electronic censorship of course, I thought of Fahrenheit 451, a book I read as a teen which made a lasting impression on me. As did other books I read in my younger years—Animal Farm, 1984, Brave New World, Dune, Future Shock, the list will be very familiar to some.

Like the Bible, I read these works when their meaning was well over my head and left far too much of their interpretation to the teachers.

I was also drawn to other of the older ‘classics’ for reasons I don’t understand at all, but which got me a fair amount of ribbing from my Midwest, middle class milieu. That I would choose French Literature as a major was laughable enough, but then to continue such folly even past the Master’s level—“hopeless” was a word I heard more than once. “Pretentious” was another.

To this day, I spend more money on books than any other single thing and the AI spy system can prove that, I’m sure.

This Halloween I take great pleasure in burning quite a few, for ceremonial sake, mostly. All those authors who align with politics over principles, they’ve found a new home in ashes. All those authors who laud themselves above the masses like royalty, they will join in the ceremony, which will continue until no book from those shill-heavy authors, no matter what side of the political wing, will be left on the shelves, whether left, right, or center.

Care to see which go up in flames? Any you’d care to add??

Author: KenshoHomestead

Creatively working toward self-sufficiency on the land.

8 thoughts on “Book Burning, Try It”

  1. Most curious. French literature? Hm. Still, after ten years, I struggle to appreciate Rabelais’ Gargantua and Pantagruel. Now, there’s a dichotomy in appreciation, the scatalogical of that (and other) classic works and the honest ramblings or serious works of the unrecognized. Not intending a discussion, merely informing you there are some out here in the wilderness who have, like you, not come to fully appreciate all aspects of this new literacy. I’ve ranted off and on about this and those who have been with me a while are bored and probably wish I’d be done with it. Yes, I’m pulling back old posts. I do that from time to time, not for the same reasons, but much the same way as I re-read the old masters and some of my favorite popular authors. Damn! I thought this felt deja-vu-ish. I see I was here before. Well, that speaks of sincerity. Or at least consistency. Ignore me.

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  2. HA! A kindred spirit, nice to meet you dear! Part of the purge is to get back to the classics, reread my favs with age’s wisdom. I’ve been focused on non-fiction for such a long time and it’s occurring to me these days that maybe there’s a lot more truth in fiction than non. 😉

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  3. To the cleansing fires, add anything by Patterson (and his stooges), Stephen King, Woods, oh, stop me, stop me! French Lit huh? Hmm. Gargantua and Pantagruel is one I will never finish. Father of modern humor? I don’t see it. Father of scatology, maybe. Classics afficioando, yes – Iliad, Odyssey, Don Quixote, Cyrano; Dostoevsky, Turgenev, Tolstoy, and others save the later day authors. Maugham, Hemingway… Yup, agree you’re on the mark on electronic “books,” but it’s the wave man, oddity like vinyl music. Bigger issue is the modern audience. Won’t read unless accompanied by pictures, preferably gifs, less than five-hundred words, and yes, oh yes, gimme vampires, and werewolves, and silly macabre, or trite scifi. (Sigh. Back to my dungeon.)

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