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George R. R. Martin, author of the “Game of Thrones” series, wrote: “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies… The man who never reads lives only one.”
I am not entirely sure why, but at some point within the last couple of generations, reading has gone out of style and is no longer viewed as cool hobby.
In all fairness, every once in a while, someone will secretly admit to being a bibliophile; however, the bulk of young people today only read when it is required, which is a shame because there is appealing than having a book in hand. Classic literature gathers dust on library shelves because people do not want to read and I just do not understand why. Furthermore, when someone actually picks up a book, it seems that it is always a popular, mostly pornographic, novel that they loaded onto their Kindle for free.
Maybe I find this so confusing because I have an undying desire to discuss what I have read until I am able to get all of my pent up feelings out, and to actually have someone understand it. There is nothing I find more attractive in a guy than him being well read. If only guys like this were easier to find. It’s not just about knowing a good story or two, or even being able to understand why half of my paycheck goes to Powell’s Books, it is about what reading can say about a person.
A person that reads is often patient, which is a much appreciated virtue.
In the age of technology, people are used to instant gratification and most well written novels will not deliver that. Gratification only comes to readers after carefully reading hundreds of pages, an act in itself that should be gratifying. Nobody should have to justify their hobbies, but there is something about a guy whose only passion lies in “pwning noobs,” that is ragingly unattractive.
On the other hand, a guy that can fit in a chapter or two of Kurt Vonnegut during their day, between gaining XP points, is definitely a guy that is worth leveling up with. Reading should not be a rarity, but rather an expected characteristic. In the days before television, it seems that everyone that could read, read.
Book clubs were not just an excuse for middle aged mothers to get day-drunk on wine. Over the years, the majority of people have lost the appreciation for words, which is another reason why when someone is enthralled in a literary journey, that they are nearly irresistible. So, for those of us that are bibliophile-philes, we must troll bookstores in search of hotties and occasionally make obscure references to our favorite George Orwell novel, until we find someone that also thinks reading is sexy.
Paige Jurgensen / Columnist
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The Nicholson Library put on a display honoring Banned Books Week Sept. 24 through Oct. 1. The display featured information from Amnesty International, about three dozen frequently challenged books, free bookmarks with a list of 2010’s top 10 most frequently challenged books on them and free buttons sporting the slogan “I Read Banned Books.”
According to the Banned Books Week website, this event takes place every year during the last week of September. Banned Books Week is a national celebration of the freedom to read. It is sponsored by the American Library Association, the American Booksellers Association, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the National Council of Teachers of English and several other organizations that are against censorship. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982. Since then, more than 11,000 books have been challenged.
“Banned Books Week is set aside for the purpose of reminding people that there are times when books, and other media, can be disturbing and some people decide to remove the material from access of others as a reaction,” librarian Jean Caspers said in an email.
The American Library Association website states that the books typically featured in Banned Books Week have been banned or targets of attempted banning. The purpose of the event is to bring attention to the importance of intellectual freedom and the harms of censorship.
Banned Books Week is an event that is celebrated all over the country and internationally.
“Many libraries and bookstores across the U.S. have Banned Books Week displays or activities,” Caspers said in an email. “In McMinnville, the public library has displays and so does the Third Street Bookstore.”
Caspers said that when someone requests that a book be removed from a library or put into a
restricted area, it is unusual that the book is moved.
“One person’s request that it be moved or restricted
is not honored since other people may wish to have the books available for themselves or their children,” Caspers said in an email. “It is more appropriate that a parent control what his or her own children read than an agency such as a library exert such control.”
Banned Books Week also highlights the importance of remembering that in
other countries, free speech is often restricted. The event reminds people not to take First Amendment rights for granted.
The Nicholson Library has a Banned Books Week display every other year.
“This year I was in charge of it,” Caspers said in an email. “Many of the books were checked out from the display. All of the ‘I Read Banned Books’ buttons were taken during the first two days. Most of the bookmarks were taken. I think many people did take time to see the display.”
For information about Banned Books Week, go to www.bannedbooksweek.org. For more information about Amnesty International, go to www.amnestyusa.org.
Sharon Gollery/Culture editor
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