“I am the product of long corridors, empty sunlit rooms, upstairs indoor silences, attics explored in solitude, distant noises of gurgling cisterns and pipes, and the noise of wind under the tiles. Also, of endless books. My father bought all the books he read and he never got rid of any of them. There were books in the study, books in the drawing room, books in the cloakroom, books (two deep) in the great bookcase on the landing, books in a bedroom, books piled as high as my shoulder in the cistern attic, books of all kinds reflecting every transient stage of my parents’ interest, books readable and unreadable, books suitable for a child and books most emphatically not. Nothing was forbidden me. In the seemingly endless rainy afternoons I took volume after volume from the shelves. I had always the same certainty of finding a book that was new to me as a man who walks into a field has of finding a new blade of grass.”—C.S. Lewis, born today in 1898 (via thelifeguardlibrarian)
Well, here it is folks. My review on The Muppets. It’s really not so much a review as me writing a lot about what I liked and didn’t like of the film. It’s also super long, so just bear with me. I tried to avoid spoilers, but I think a few still managed to slip in, so tread lightly!
Open your wallet Mayor Bloomberg, it’s time to buy some books.
The destruction or defacement by city police and/or clean-up crews of at least part of the “Occupy Wall Street” library in Zuccotti Park is unacceptable. Those responsible, from the cops and sanitation workers directly involved to whoever in the bureaucracy or the Mayor’s office ordered the library trashed or refused to step in and stop it, should be disciplined.
Occupy’s volunteer librarians were in the process of assembling an impressive and well-organized collection. “To the extent that the books lost can be accounted for, the city should replace each title, buying two new copies for each one destroyed,” said Common Cause President Bob Edgar. “And for whatever number is unaccounted for, the city should provide Occupy’s librarians with funds sufficient to buy twice as many.”
Americans pride themselves on tolerance. There is plenty of room for disagreement over whether the Zuccotti encampment has lasted beyond tolerable limits, whether it was time for the rights of the protestors to yield to the rights of nearby residents to a peaceful neighborhood.
But a book collection disrupts nothing, infringes on no one’s rights. Indeed, an attack on books is an attack on rights protected by the First Amendment. People who would ransack and trash a library or a book collection put themselves on the moral level of book-burners. Their actions are intolerable.