Vonnegut and Libraries

Kurt Vonnegut on libraries.

“While on the subject of burning books, I want to congratulate librarians, not famous for their physical strength, who, all over this country, have staunchly resisted anti-democratic bullies who have tried to remove certain books from their shelves, and destroyed records rather than have to reveal to thought police the names of persons who have checked out those titles.

So the America I loved still exists, if not in the White House, the Supreme Court, the Senate, the House of Representatives, or the media. The America I loved still exists at the front desks of our public libraries.”

from: http://books.guardian.co.uk/extracts/story/0,,1691370,00.html © 2005 Kurt Vonnegut Extracted from A Man Without a Country: A Memoir of Life in George W Bush’s America, to be published by Bloomsbury on February 6, price £14.99

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One comment on “Vonnegut and Libraries”

  1. Great thought. It is in these small acts of civil disobedience that we can make the most impact. Day-to-day rejection of the security culture and fear are necessary if we are to continue being a free people.


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