Books Are Dangerous

Posted by Michael Dolan on September 26, 2013 in Uncategorized |

Banned books week is Sept 22 – 28.  The Office of Intellectual Freedom reports 464 challenges in 2012.  Here are the 10 Most Unwanted:   Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie Reasons: Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, […]

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Words: Too Controlled; Too Loose; Hard to Get Just Right

Posted by Michael Dolan on September 20, 2013 in Uncategorized |

Words were routinely twisted for political purposes back in her home country of Romania, says writer and diplomat Carmen Firan.  But as she eventually discovered, words in America are bent in service of the everyday conversation. At home: “The words allowed by the dictatorship would take up only two dictionary pages: empty and precious slogans, […]

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We’re All Exceptional

Posted by Michael Dolan on September 19, 2013 in Uncategorized |

Much is made of American “exceptionalism,” most recently by Vladimir Putin in his recent opinion piece in the New York Times. It’s a bit of a fuzzy term, used variously by different commentators.  It may apply only to our great expanse of natural resources.  Some point to a distinct system of civil liberties and rugged […]

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Let Slip the Metaphors of War

Posted by Michael Dolan on September 12, 2013 in Uncategorized |

When president Obama declared his intention to bomb Syria, he made it clear the Bashar Assad government had engaged in an important act that forced him to react. “We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is we start seeing […]

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