Male Penguins: A New Scourge of the Seas?

Banned Books Week in America, urk.

Above: A Banned Books Week display at the Glendale Main Library in Glendale, Arizona. This years theme, “Treasure your Freedom to Read.” Harrrr.

Above: Poster from the American Library Association. How does the pirate vernacular carry this most important annual event? Consider the list of most challenged books. But seriously, who designs these posters?

Above: Suspect and dangerous penguins? Believe it. From the ALA‘s press release: “CHICAGO – For a second consecutive year, Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell’s award-winning “And Tango Makes Three,” a children’s book about two male penguins caring for an orphaned egg, tops the list of American Library Association’s (ALA) 10 Most Challenged Books of 2007.” Buy this book.

Above: Amnesty International USA‘s poster by Carol Inouye. Why do we have to suffer these tired visual metaphors for such a compelling and contemporary issue?

Above: Librarians against Sarah Palin (ABC). You must have seen it coming,
and apparently, she dislikes cats too!? Oh my garsh… here is a another good one from Jeanne Moos, CNN.

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One Response to “Male Penguins: A New Scourge of the Seas?”

In anticipation of tonight’s ostensible debate:

“‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean–neither more nor less.’

‘The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you _can_ make words mean so many different things.’

‘The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master–that’s all.’”

–Lewis Carroll, _Alice in Wonderland_ (Banned in China (1931) for portraying animals and humans on the same level, “Animals should not use human language.”)

Bettina added these words on Oct 02 08 at 6:20 PM

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