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Up Front: Get Your Hand Off It

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  • Tom Beard,

    I can't believe I just wrote that...

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1039 posts Report Reply

  • JoJo,

    I can't believe I just wrote that...

    Well, I'm glad you did! I've had "stinky poo, stinky poo, knickers, knickers, knickers" in my head for the past few weeks, for some reason, and now it has been laid to rest.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2008 • 95 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Campbell,

    No they wouldn't - paper is carbon neutral.

    Actually it's better than carbon neutral - if it ends up in a landfill

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2074 posts Report Reply

  • Xeno,

    Seriously, Aleister Crowley wrote limericks? Now that is scary. Do demons materialise if you recite them out loud, I wonder?

    I was surprised when reading "Diary of a Drug Fiend" to discover the lyrics of Head Like A Hole's "Over the Top"

    It's really not that good a book though. A load of libertarian nonsense dressed up in occult nonsense.

    Since Oct 2008 • 25 posts Report Reply

  • Helen T,

    Ugh, To Kill A Mockingbird. I got a detention over that book.

    (Throwing it on the desk mid-lesson and calling the author a hack then getting into an hour long "debate" with the English Lit teacher maaaaay have had something to do with it...)

    Yorkshire (West if you're… • Since Jun 2009 • 14 posts Report Reply

  • James Butler,

    A nice analysis of some of the (socio-political) issues with To Kill A Mockingbird

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 801 posts Report Reply

  • Mrs Skin,

    They banned a John Willie book! In 1995! Ridiculous! How can anyone think of banning a bondage comic featuring characters such as:

    Sweet Gwendoline "Ah! Who will save her!"
    Faithful Frederick (our hero).
    Sir d'Arcy d'Arcy (the foul fiend).
    Dad (poor but honest).
    The Mysterious Countess.

    the warmest room in the h… • Since Feb 2009 • 168 posts Report Reply

  • FletcherB,

    Actually it's better than carbon neutral - if it ends up in a landfill

    As it happens, when the subject under discussion is "book burning" the landfill quotient is usually close to zero...

    But this does raise one of my personal bug-bears with "standard" carbon accounting...

    When it comes to counting where carbon is captured, or released, it seems we assume it all goes into the atmosphere as soon as a tree is felled... Which, if you burn it, or let it decompose, is reasonable enough of an assumption.... but if it becomes the framing timber of a house, or a lounge suite.... not so much?

    If we grow trees, and use their wood to make durable goods, surely thats taking carbon out of the atmosphere?

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 791 posts Report Reply

  • Megan Wegan,

    That Wikipedia list is blowing my mind. Deenie? The one about the impossibly attractive teen with scoliosis? What... oh, that's right. Wanking. There's wanking in Deenie.

    Oh Danielle, Judy Blume is the most dangerous author of them all.

    I've been doing a thing where I've been rereading the books I read as a child...including quite a lot of Judy Blume.

    I'm definitely feeling a lot more subversive. And I haven't even got to Forever yet.

    Welly • Since Jul 2008 • 1273 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Campbell,

    Fletcher: you're right - and sending your newspapers to the tip rather than recycling them means more trees will be grown and more carbon pulled out of the atmosphere

    We've been so used to recycle because we 'must save trees' but we're in a different world now - taking carbon out of the atmosphere and putting it back in the ground is just about the best thing we can do - so dumping the paper recycling in the tip (coal a million years from now) is the responsible thing to do

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2074 posts Report Reply

  • Sayana,

    I've been doing a thing where I've been rereading the books I read as a child...including quite a lot of Judy Blume.

    I'm definitely feeling a lot more subversive. And I haven't even got to Forever yet.

    Wait till you get to Wifey. It was certainly an education to me at the age of 12.

    http://www.amazon.com/Wifey-Judy-Blume/dp/0671693816

    Since Sep 2008 • 50 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    Courtesy of Neil Gaiman, I've just read this Wall Street Journal piece about Banned Books Week. It's... bordering on hilarious the way it manages to portray librarians as unAmerican enemies of free speech, and book challenging as both a sure way to protect children, and too ineffective to worry about. Kudos. The cartoon is especially peachy.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4340 posts Report Reply

  • Lucy Stewart,

    It's... bordering on hilarious the way it manages to portray librarians as unAmerican enemies of free speech, and book challenging as both a sure way to protect children, and too ineffective to worry about.

    I think we can put it down as being yet another example of reality's well-known liberal bias.

    Amherst, MA • Since Nov 2006 • 2093 posts Report Reply

  • Isabel Hitchings,

    I've read that article several times over now and I still can't distinguish any sort of point to it.

    Christchurch • Since Jul 2007 • 705 posts Report Reply

  • andrew llewellyn,

    I always like this one - the banning of "Making it with Madamoiselle."

    Which turned out to be a pattern book.

    Surprised I found a link, the reference is down the bottom of the page,

    And what earned Captain Underpants a place on the list?

    Since Nov 2006 • 2073 posts Report Reply

  • Angus Robertson,

    Fletcher: you're right - and sending your newspapers to the tip rather than recycling them means more trees will be grown and more carbon pulled out of the atmosphere

    Yes, but it takes a lot more energy to transform wood into paper products than paper into recycled paper and land fill material is subject to anaerobic decay producing methane.

    Auckland • Since May 2007 • 984 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen,

    Good Jelly the Nun?

    Nuns in jelly?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3267 posts Report Reply

  • andrew llewellyn,

    Wrestling?

    Since Nov 2006 • 2073 posts Report Reply

  • Carol Stewart,

    Further triumphs for Phillip Pullman .. up to #2 on the list of most-frequently-banned books in the US:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/sep/30/american-library-association-banned-books

    Christchurch • Since Jul 2008 • 654 posts Report Reply

  • Jolisa,

    Some happy news for the authors of what is currently the most challenged book in the US.

    It's a very cute picture book about penguins with possibly the most cunning title ever. On account of its infamy, it's experiencing a flurry of sales this week, hooray! I'm off to buy another one. If we keep this up, lucky baby Gemma will never have to eat gruel.

    Auckland, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 1410 posts Report Reply

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