Hello My Friends,
It’s hard to believe it was a year ago when I wrote my very first “Ramble”. And I chose to categorize this as “rambling” because I liked to think this would be the first of many conversations which would “roam and ramble” all over the place as I sallied forth into the wild, wild web.
As the publication date for ON A LARP loomed on the horizon, it was first “suggested” I should start a blog, I found myself at a shocking loss for words. What should I do? What would I say? Why should anyone care?
And thus, on that fateful day, having found myself inflicted with a case of the mutes and no cure in sight, I took time to go savor the Tampa Bay Festival of Reading.
And that day as I strolled through tables and tables of books, I happened upon one near the end of an aisle and instantly found my mute button has been replaced by my flabbergasted key.
For here, piled askew, sit stacks and stacks of Challenged and Banned Books. There is Looking for Alaska by John Green, sitting next to Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home (loved the musical!). Sherman Alexie. Toni Morrison. Stephen Chbosky. Neil Gaiman. Philip Pullman’s Dark Materials, winner of a CBE, a Carnegie Medal and Second Place on the 2008 list. Tony Kushner’s Angles in America. Wow. And more wow, Jaycee Dugard’s memoir, A Stolen Life, challenged for drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, sexually explicit; challenged as unsuited for age group…you know, I do wonder if she finds that challenge kind of bitterly ironic?
David Benioff, co-creator of Game of Thrones, has had his novel City of Thieves challenged. Ditto Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner. Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – also challenged (and I just cannot gush enough about how much he deserved his Tony Award for it).
There are also the oldies but goodies stash, led by Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, published in 1884 and first banned in Concord. Massachusetts in 1885. And even (and I am so sadly not kidding here) Dr. Seuss’ Hop On Pop, apparently it was challenged for promoting violence against Dad.
And as I stood there, overwhelmed and surrounded by so much talent, so much brilliance, I realized I not only have my words back, but I have what to say.
And one year later, it is still true… For not only do I Read #BannedBooks…
I Aspire to write a banned book.
I Aspire to be in such company.
One day I will write one …
And one day, maybe you will read it.