September 29th, 2005


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I have completely confused some poor fundraising telemarketer with the thought that I live in California, and yet am not a California resident....

Received Old Man's War from B&N yesterday, and read it through. :o)

The weather is hot today. Up near 100°F. No trips to hot-hot-hot storage area today. We've been moving it all to a closer, newer, more fire-resistant facility, but what's left will just have to wait for a cooler day. If the girl doesn't have too much homework, we're going into the pool when she gets home.

Glad my swimsuit fits now.

The only downside to the pool is that we can't shower off until later in the evening, when the bathtub caulking has finished curing. Hope this time it's fixed for good, but I know it isn't. The tub surround needs to come out and be more securely attached to the wall. It flexes just enough that the caulk seal breaks.

But pool. Yes.
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It's Banned Books Week again.

While I don't hold with denying other folks the chance to read whatever they choose, I wish they'd be more specific about the challenges to these books.

One of the top ten books challenged books this year is "Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture" by Michael A. Bellesiles, for inaccuracy and political viewpoint. I have to wonder how the challenges came about. Was it challenged simply because it was in the library, in which case, what is the issue? Or was it being used as a textbook? I'm not into banning any sorts of books, or removing them from shelves, but where does the line come in a textbook? Don't we want things we teach as history to be ... correct? And shouldn't textbooks be as apolitical as possible? From everything I've read about that particular book, the research involved was so shoddy that the professor lost his tenure at his university. Not the sort of thing one wants presented as factual to students.

I'd be curious to know at what grade level the other books were challenged at. It does make a difference, although again, not on a library shelf.

I just feel like there's more to the data than the ALA is offering, and that makes me feel manipulated.

Other than that, I wish everyone happy reading.