Tina a.k.a.SusanSto.Helit wrote:
I am getting my books from online second hand shoppy type places and now have at least 10 that come from libraries which have Withdrawn them from circulation.
It scares me to think that they may be weeding him out. America is really not as "Free" as we like to believe we are. Or, I could just be being a silly Git by allowing my ... you are not paranoid if they are really out to get you side play with my psyche
I think where our noble, self-denying, wise and totally honest politicians
are concerned a healthy dose of paranoia is not only desirable, but positively vital. This reminds me of the old joke - lady to shopkeeper:
When are you going to restock some more potatoes? (or whatever) shopkeeper to lady:
D'you know you're the tenth person to ask me that this morning! There's no call for 'em madam - we sold the last of them a week ago.
I may have paraphrased a little there but you know what I mean. As WWD says it's common practice for libraries to weed out unpopular or very bashed about books but how easy to not replace the tatty ones - I wonder how often that happens...? I must ask my Librarian friend. Another cliche springs to mind too - You can fool some of the people all of the time and you can fool all of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time
- strikes me that's been too easy to prove wrong time after time in some places down the years.
BUT these days it's getting harder to fudge or ignore the issues and blur the truth and it's authors like Pterry who help spread that unpopular and unpalatable 'virus'. He knows what we're like and tells us so and people 'like us' on this forum who do 'get it' recognise the value of his insights. The pity of it is that the people we are given to vote in and keep us 'free', healthy and relatively wealthy (please don't whine about the credit crunch/recession when people die of starvation all over this beknighted planet every minute of every day) still appear not to get the fact that they serve us not
Pterry for prime minister, president, despot or Patirician anyone?
Or at least set book reading in all state-run schools (local community schools can pass if they like but the kids will still get hold of them somehow sometime
Which Pratchetts do you think would be good to have in the curriculum?