Fuse #8

Thursday, July 06, 2006


Bookshelves of Doom has a link to the most frightening library standard ever dreamed of. I'm caught between shuddering in fear and snoring out of the dullness that will be those libraries. Imagine endless shelves of Enid Blyton. Oh yeah. It could happen.


At 4:09 PM , Blogger Saints and Spinners said...

This is supposed to be an old, old topic, relegated to the past, back when we were "unenlightened." Today, we are soooo enlightened.

Nope. We must continuously struggle for free speech and against censorship. I know that's a cliche, but that doesn't make it any less true.

At 4:41 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

...but I love Enid Blyton :).

At 4:51 PM , Blogger fusenumber8 said...

And I love chocolate. But you don't want to open your refrigerator and see row upon row of chocolate, do you?

And when I say "you" I mean it in a metaphorical sense. I, personally, would kill for a fridge full of fudge. But that's just me.

Damn. I think I lost my metaphor.

At 4:58 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I should have prefaced my comment... I think the folks at the Wilsona School District are absolute dolts. It seems like I read about of a new case of censorship EVERY DAY.

But I just had to defend Blyton. She may not have been the best children's writer, but she was my favorite writer as a child.


At 5:22 PM , Blogger fusenumber8 said...

No no no. I totally understand the fact that some people have Blyton weaknesses. I enjoyed Trixie Belden books as a kid and would defend her honor unto my death. Blyton's just such a great go-to name.

At 7:32 PM , Blogger Lone Star Ma said...

I loved Trixie Belden, too. Mostly because there were so many of them.

So I guess the Bible is out then? I mean, all that raping and the sex with daughters and sisters and plans to sacrifice children on burning pyres...and they crucified Jesus in it! It just will never do....tsk....tsk....we must ban it immediately.

At 9:06 PM , Blogger Little Willow said...

Trixie = fantastic.

I can't believe that they are pulling this. I posted over at doom: What will they be left with, exactly? A Sesame Street workbook? Now I'm thinking even that might be banned since THE PUPPETS ARE NAKED.

At 9:46 PM , Blogger fusenumber8 said...

Yeah. Trixie was cool, wasn't she? Somehow or other her books taught me that pack rats collect shiny silver things. And she called her mother "Moms". How much cooler could you get?

Oh, the Bible is so out. Ditto Muppets. Except for the few who wear pants, of course. So Muppets like . . . uh . . . like Biff, the guy who'd carry around Oscar the Grouch's garbage can. Now let's go out and check out some Biff books from the library!

At 1:54 AM , Blogger Little Willow said...

I'm so glad Trixie is back in print. Bobbsey Twins too. Even Choose Your Own Adventure. Now if they would just reprint Meg! I love Meg and her Siamese cat! I'm partial for obvious reasons. They also need to put Cherry Ames back in print.

Hurrah for shiny silver things. I think I'm part crow.

Even Oscar is possibly better read than these small-minded, close-minded people.

At 9:56 AM , Blogger Liz B said...

Another Enid Blyton lover, wishing more of her stuff was available in the US.
And, since it's been ages since I've read her, wondering if even she would pass the Wilsona test.


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