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Granted, it's been several years since I read My Ántonia. But it's only been a few days since I finished O Pioneers! and I can't think of a single objectionable thing in it... I mean, her writing's pretty mellow. Well, I suppose there was a murder. But it wasn't at all graphic. And then you get Death Comes for the Archbishop, which I haven't finished yet, but, well, I'm a hundred pages in and it's still just a couple priests galloping about the Southwest.
I don't know. I've read about ten Cather novels and have never found myself disturbed in any of the typical "banned" ways - no magic, no Satanism, no sex, no graphic violence, no religious extremes... just your average depiction of the frontier.
Anybody out there able to shine some light? Or have similar "what the heck" feelings about other books?
I think that probably does it.
That Cather loved women--I mean in a general, appreciative sense--is clear from her books. She understood that freedom of choice also meant increased responsibility.
I like both Cather and Wharton, with Cather often the antidote to Wharton's tales of frustration and repression.
no one publishes them either, but hey. let's not get picky.
If those are good reasons for banning a biography perhaps there's a good opportunity for niche writers. Perhaps someone should write a biography of Oscar Wilde (say) but omit to mention his sexual orientation and certainly not hint that he was successful although the mere fact of there being a biography suggests he made some sort of mark on the world. At least it would go down well in Anaheim.
Similarly, a lot of banned books just aren't so thrilling in consideration of why they were banned.
"I'm convinced that the people who ban books don't read them first. :("
Silly, if they read them they would be damning their souls and whatnot. What a terrible idea that would be! Saving us from those evil books, but in the process condemning themselves. Tsk, tsk for even mentioning such a possibilty!
There's a long history of Cather being dissed by academics and modernists--and now, it seems, by censorious rubes.
But over time the parochialism of the first two groups has become obvious. The same will be true of the last group.
next thing you know theyll ban picture books that are perfectly fine.
Back to book burning I guess
There's a interestin little snippet in John Dean's Blind Ambition where he's talking about being guided through the White House and shown the President's bomb shelter -
Bud said Ehrlichman found this an ideal place for monitoring demonstrations, which puzzled me. It was remote, to say the least, and totally out of touch with what would be occurring on the streets. I conjured an image of "Field Marshal Ehrlichman," whose interest in demonstrations Haldeman once likened to that of a firehouse Dalmation at a blaze. I knew I wouldn't use the shelter for monitoring demonstrations, although Haldeman had told me that that would be one of my responsibilities. The only time I ever returned there was for a secret screening of Tricia's Wedding, a pornographic movie portraying Tricia Nixon's wedding to Edward Cox, in drag. Haldeman wanted the movie killed, so a very small group of White House officials watched the cavorting transvestites in order to weigh the case for suppression.
I'm not sure why, but the idea of a select group of Nixon officials watching tranny porn strikes me as rather funny.