About 1/4 the way through, and just have to remark, this is literally LOL funny in many spots, in the way that real life often is, in passing and due...moreAbout 1/4 the way through, and just have to remark, this is literally LOL funny in many spots, in the way that real life often is, in passing and due to the outlook or perspective brought to everyday occurences (not that the occurences here are very "everyday"). Extremely enjoyable so far.(less)
Wow. Disappointed this book is not on the 1001 list, but was on my TBR stack. Amazing. I had a hard time getting into it at first, with hearing the "v...moreWow. Disappointed this book is not on the 1001 list, but was on my TBR stack. Amazing. I had a hard time getting into it at first, with hearing the "voices" of the characters/narrators. I just 'went with it' and tried to let it flow over/through me. And the longer it went on, the more I was bound up in emotion. Not long, and eerily stirring, I think I'll put this on my re-read list. And now looking forward more than ever to more Faulkner.(less)
The censorship controversy chronicled in this title came to my attention late (December 2013). Somehow I feel that I should have been more aware at th...moreThe censorship controversy chronicled in this title came to my attention late (December 2013). Somehow I feel that I should have been more aware at the time it was happening. But reading here, it is a little clear why all of us (20 million? wow!) wouldn't have known - on such a vast network, many of us probably are somewhat in our own corner. I'm grateful that I am friend or follower of a couple people that finally brought this to my attention. Unfortunately, even though I immediately downloaded my free copy, a close death prevented me from reading this until now. I have to say - now that I've read this, I almost feel like another death has occurred in my life.
I was nervous about the Amazon buyout of GR, and now I know I was right to be. I don't want to leave GR, and probably won't, but you never know. I feel like I've invested a lot here. And GR owner profited by that, and Amazon stands to profit by it. And I'll continue to profit by it, but so much less, now that I know how much less freedom everyone has here. Even if this particular issue results in no curbs to MY particular activity on the site, it hurts me to know this censorship is going on and affecting others. And I am such a firm believer in a course of action where I don't want to curtail any people's speech no matter how much I personally don't like it. If I don't like another's speech, if I find it hateful offensive ugly obscene, its up to me whether I respond to that speech, whether I choose to be part of a dialogue, but censoring speech just drives parts of the truth underground it doesn't make it disappear. And this speech that was censored? Really? Because it was off-topic? That's it? Why is that worth censoring? These were not people shouting "FIRE" in a crowded building, or posting an author's address and phone number and advising readers to track them down and harm them. Myself, the only time I've ever flagged or reported anything on GR was when people appeared to be using sockpuppets to solicit me, or posting inappropriate advertisement posts in a Group that expressly asks authors not to do this. (Uh-oh, I think I just mentioned "authors behaving badly". I guess GR will be advising me that they might close my account soon. Even though I didn't mention which authors those were...)
Okay, I'm clearly rambling. Let me get back ON TOPIC. I am extremely personally grateful to: > The author for compiling this > Everyone who helped the author > All of the GR members (whether involved in or aware of this controversy or not) who make GR an attractive for me, a place where I have found a fascinating and wonderful variety of avid readers like myself > All the people involved in the controversy who took their precious time and energy to protest (in any way big or small) GR's censorship > All those who shared their work with the author for inclusion in this title
I was INCREDIBLY moved by the passionate writing included, and incredibly dismayed. But also, I find reason to hope. Regardless of whether the big bad wolf is a government or a business or whatever other category of behemoth, I am cheered to know that there are people who will not quietly lay down. And even if I stay here on GR, just like staying in this country, it doesn't mean that I agree with everything GR does any more than I agree with everything my government does. And even if I spend most of my working for a living, and then LIVING, I too have limits, and when they are reached, I will do what these people did - raise my voice, and take action, and not lay down.
I apologize for this being less than coherent, but I just finished reading this tonight, and I needed to speak to this now. It couldn't wait for coherence, I needed to SAY SOMETHING! No time like the present.(less)