Banned Book of the Day – The Diary of Anne Frank

For being too pornographic:

Culpeper County public school officials have decided to stop assigning a version of Anne Frank’s diary, one of the most enduring symbols of the atrocities of the Nazi regime, after a parent complained that the book includes sexually explicit material and homosexual themes.

“The Diary of a Young Girl: the Definitive Edition,” which was published on the 50th anniversary of Frank’s death in a concentration camp, will not be used in the future, said James Allen, director of instruction for the 7,600-student system. The school system did not follow its own policy for handling complaints about instructional materials, Allen said.

You’re an idiot of the 33rd degree

Letters of Note has a letter written by Mark Twain to a patent medicine salesman:

Dear Sir,

Your letter is an insoluble puzzle to me. The handwriting is good and exhibits considerable character, and there are even traces of intelligence in what you say, yet the letter and the accompanying advertisements profess to be the work of the same hand. The person who wrote the advertisements is without doubt the most ignorant person now alive on the planet; also without doubt he is an idiot, an idiot of the 33rd degree, and scion of an ancestral procession of idiots stretching back to the Missing Link.

Complaint From a Reader

It looks like I’m not the only blog who gets complaints from some readers who feel that everything should be custom fitted to their particular tastes.

J-Walk gets them too:

I started reading this blog several years ago. It was one of my favorites. Now it only seems to consist of three types of posts: 1) My God I really love banjos, 2) My God I really hate Christians and 3) one or two random posts leading up to either #1 or #2 again.

I’ll continue to read, hoping it will stabilize someday, but I hold out very little hope. It’s like J-Walk Blog has gone from being a seven course meal in a fine restaurant to being a bag of stale Fritos and a warm Coca-Cola.