by Marshall, April 25, 2007 3:58 PM
- Still All Wet: In further news regarding the script-dousing incident involving 21 Dog Years
author and monologist Mike Daisey, Daisey phoned the group in question to start a dialogue and ended up in conversation with the actual doer. After a discussion that illuminated both their positions, religious affiliations, or lack thereof, and the topic of anger management, this is how it ended.
I quote here from Daisey's blog:
I ask him to do one thing for me. I ask him to talk to everyone in the group together, parents and students alike, and talk to them about what happened. I do not even ask him to apologize, nor do I dictate what he should say ? that's his prerogative. I simply ask that he open the door for the conversation be allowed to happen. I believe in the truth, and I want him to let the group speak its mind to him and to itself. I do not know if he did this ? I hope that he did, and I will continue to hope.
And then I forgive him. He is very quiet ? he is obviously shocked. And I tell him, "I want you to remember that a liberal atheist has forgiven you today. I don't want you to ever forget that, as long as you live, do not forget what happened here. I don't have God behind me, but I speak for myself, and I forgive you for myself, and for you. Never forget this."
He said that he would. I wished him good luck, good luck with everything. He wished me the same.
Mike Daisey just might be an atheist saint. I'm not sure I could have been that magnanimous.
- Where is Nancy Pearl When You Need Her?: As the former section-head for the Health and Sexuality stacks at our Cedar Hills location, let me start by saying, it happens. All the time. Really. Seriously.
A man in Bentonville, Arkansas is suing the city for $20,000 for the heartbreak and "sleepless nights" caused by his two teenage sons finding and, ahem, perusing
The Whole Lesbian Sex Book
at the Bentonville Public Library.
The library's advisory board has decided to remove the book and find another, more "sensitive" and "clinical" book on the subject. Expect those boys to be back at the library soon, boning up on the topic.
- You're fired: China's "chief censor," Long Xinmin, has been demoted over the recent public outrage and controversy regarding the eight books he had banned so far this year. Xinmin, formerly the head of the General Administration of Press and Publication, is now simply called the Deputy Director of the Central Party Literature Research Centre. Most of the angry reactions to the banning of books that examined recent Chinese history occurred in unregulated online forums that are virtually impossible to police.
Chinese officials made the move in an attempt to create an environment of "greater government transparency" while at the same time curbing social unrest. Zhang Yihe, a prominent Chinese author whose book about the Peking Opera had been banned, spoke out in court, saying, "I hope the new chief will treat the spiritual fruits of Chinaâ€™s countless intellectuals with an attitude that is less rude and less dictatorial."
Chalk one up for the bloggers.