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(SacBee)   Student fights to keep Stephen King book in library. This will end in a hasty, underdeveloped, disappointing fashion   (sacbee.com ) divider line
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2012-10-16 09:07:56 PM  
My town made it to Fark.

/Yay?
 
2012-10-16 09:12:39 PM  
'Student fights to keep Stephen King book in library. This will end in a hasty, underdeveloped, disappointing fashion that will include bias/bigoted comments about Christianity, conservatives and Richard Nixon and will run about twice as long as it has to.'

There.

FTFY, subby.
 
2012-10-16 09:14:51 PM  

BKITU: "[A]s soon as that book is gone from the library, do not walk -- run to your nearest public library or bookseller, and find out what your elders don't want you to know, because that's what you need to know! Don't let them bullshiat you and don't let them guide your mind, because once it starts, it never stops."

-- Stephen King, Virginia Beach Public Library, September 22, 1986


So we should let Stephen King 'guide our minds'?

What a farking d'wad.
 
2012-10-16 09:15:51 PM  

JohnAnnArbor: I always wonder a bit about library collection policy. The librarians cull books all the time for any number of reasons. Should they have to justify those culls somehow to ensure that the librarians aren't just tossing books they don't like?

And what about the ordering end of things? What ensures the librarians aren't just skipping books they don't like/think are offensive/disagree with politically/etc.?


I don't know about how public libraries do it, but I do know that most of the academic (college and university) librarians I've met in my own librarian career are very much pro- free speech. We make an effort not to base and collection development policies on our own views. These policies are often complex, and have to do with the purpose of the library and the needs of the users (public versus elementary school versus research university). I've read mailing list discussions where people have expressed their dismay at receiving and cataloging poorly written extremist propaganda, but they still collect it and make it available, because it is information that may have some use.

As for "culling," that's usually done based on the physical condition of the item, whether or not it has circulated at all, and--these days--if there is an electronic version. And university libraries almost never throw anything away; they just store it off site and bring it in if a patron requests it.

And, in fact, most librarians I've met, whether they work at a public library, school library, or research library, are for having even controversial materials available. It's usually the city council/ library board (peopled with non-librarians)/school board that has the complaints. Librarians may forced to comply or lose their jobs. University librarians usually don't deal with these kind of issues, which is one reason why I work in that environment.

/Librarian lecture off
 
2012-10-16 09:23:22 PM  

stoli n coke: whistleridge: Seriously. This guy's editors do not rein him in at all.

As far as (King's) concerned, editors merely make suggestions.


And it shows in his work, such as it turned into.

'Carrie' and 'Salem's Lot' and nice, tightly written books.
'The Stand' - as much as I loved it - was not served with the expanded edition. I read once that his original version ran hundreds of pages longer than the expanded edition; at that point he's just writing his 'to-do' list.
 
2012-10-16 10:56:41 PM  
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

that's my favourite Stephen King book OF ALL TIME !!!!
 
2012-10-17 01:25:52 AM  

Dralenan: Tom_Slick: There are 3 Stephen Kings:

Cokehead Stephen King
Sober Stephen King
Post Run Over Stephen King

The first and last Stephen King wrote good books the middle one not so much.

/Went to school in Maine the library would never even think of banning his books.

I won't really argue this...when he was younger and addicted to all kinds of stuff, he did some intense stuff. Then it started getting incoherent as his problems got worse, and when he went clean, his work changed into something strange. I still think it's good, but it's not as easy to get into. I get frustrated with some of those middle period works (then again, this was when he was writing stuff like The Green Mile, so he still was good solid stuff then). After he "retired" and decided to finish the Dark Tower, it was like he found his voice again.


I thought "Cell" was decent but had a bit too much of his personal politics/religion ham handedly stuck in. One of his recent short story collections ("Full Dark, No Stars" I think it was) also had some good stuff though I don't recall how recent those stories were. 11/22/63 was awful. It was basically a cornball historical romance with a time travel plot stuck in somewhere.
 
2012-10-17 03:36:44 AM  

whistleridge: scottydoesntknow: whistleridge: Seriously. This guy's editors do not rein him in at all.

Like the author of that article was nice enough to do, please put NSFW on the link. The last thing people need is I.T. asking why they have "stephen_king_sex_scenes.php" on their history.

Um, yes. Sorry. Absolutely my bad.

Mods, please mark my previous comment as NSFW.


Perfectly safe for my work, here in a Catholic school library.
I do so often wonder (when I go home and read the NSFW stories from Fark) where the hell does everyone else work that makes a Catholic school library seem like the last bastion of liberalism?

From a library perspective, the only books I ban here are the ones I ban because they are complete crap! All the Stephen King on our shelves pre-date my arrival.
 
2012-10-17 11:04:23 AM  
11/22/63 is my least favorite Stephen King book ever. The first one I've ever thought about giving up on. Maybe it's just meant for boomers or something.
 
2012-10-17 11:59:30 AM  
Amen, Subby, Amen.

/biggest hack writer of all time.
 
2012-10-17 01:21:53 PM  

FLMountainMan: 11/22/63 is my least favorite Stephen King book ever. The first one I've ever thought about giving up on. Maybe it's just meant for boomers or something.


I didn't touch that book with a bargepole. Being born in 1977, I already had to listen to a lifetime's worth of fellation of the Kennedys and their Camelot. King has already made enough idolatrous statements, like when JFK is called perhaps the Last Gunslinger of Earth at one point, I didn't need a whole book with that as a touchpoint. I'd rather read about women being molested/beaten/getting revenge on their husbands on an island during a solar eclipse.
 
2012-10-17 01:29:50 PM  

Fano: FLMountainMan: 11/22/63 is my least favorite Stephen King book ever. The first one I've ever thought about giving up on. Maybe it's just meant for boomers or something.

I didn't touch that book with a bargepole. Being born in 1977, I already had to listen to a lifetime's worth of fellation of the Kennedys and their Camelot. King has already made enough idolatrous statements, like when JFK is called perhaps the Last Gunslinger of Earth at one point, I didn't need a whole book with that as a touchpoint. I'd rather read about women being molested/beaten/getting revenge on their husbands on an island during a solar eclipse.


Well, the bolded would certainly get the Kennedys' approval. The latter not so much.
 
2012-10-18 06:57:21 PM  
I'll just leave this here as the best response to censorship ever.

/So it goes.
 
2012-10-18 07:05:06 PM  

ADHD Librarian:

I do so often wonder (when I go home and read the NSFW stories from Fark) where the hell does everyone else work that makes a Catholic school library seem like the last bastion of liberalism?

From a library perspective, the only books I ban here are the ones I ban because they are complete crap! All the Stephen King on our shelves pre-date my arrival.


..and I am reminded again why you are favorited. Thanks again for pointing out that religion and learning are NOT incongruous.
 
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