katiroth: (Music: Sharon den Adel: Stand my Ground)
The Salem Witch Trial of 2012

So, the library in my town is being sued.

And I'm so angry, I'm seeing red.

For most of my childhood, the library in my town was a safe place.  I spent nearly all of my summers there, reading in the cool shelves, away from my house, that in many ways, though full of love, was still somewhat toxic.  I not only read every single Nancy Drew book there, but I also read many of the classics-- Jules Verne, Mark Twain, and also spent more hours than I can possibly count reading from The Red Fairy Book and Grimm's Fairy Tales.

In many ways, the Salem Public Library shaped who I am today.  My love of reading was encouraged (even though I had a problem with getting books back on time... we won't talk about some of my fines, though they were ALWAYS paid) and I discovered worlds that I probably wouldn't have, had I been stuck at home.

When I moved back to Salem after my father passed away, the librarians still remembered who I was.  When I moved back to Salem again, after college, the librarians still remembered me.

So seeing what is happening feels like a punch to the gut.  Though there's no rational reason for it, I feel betrayed.

Researching other religions is NOT criminal activity.  Yes, you could make the argument that stupid teenagers might look it up and use it as an excuse to go do stupid teenage stuff. I get that.  And someone on my facebook friends list is calling this "the government taking away the rights of the town to make their own decisions." But you know what?

This is WRONG.  We live in a nation where we have certain liberties.  Included are freedom of speech and freedom of religion.  When are these liberties removed?  When they infringe upon someone else's speech and religion.  Someone looking up Native American Spirituality is NOT infringing on someone else's right to their own speech or their own religion.  Looking up paganism is NOT infringing on someone else's right to their own speech or their own religion.

Tomorrow morning I am going to cancel my library card.  There's nothing I can do about supporting it via my tax dollars, but at least I can let them know they have lost my patronage.
katiroth: (PGSM: Senshi: Team)
All these I place
By God's almighty help and grace
Between myself and the powers of darkness!
katiroth: (Gaming: L4D: Zoey/Bill: Asleep)
SPOILERS FOR THE ENTIRE HUNGER GAMES SERIES BELOW. NO, I AM NOT CUTTING IT. ...I think I only have one friend on my FL who cares, and she's already read them all...OH! Some Harry Potter spoilers as well.

I hate epilogues. I hate the fact that everyone needs kids to be happily ever after. I was more or less ambivalent toward the epilogue of Harry Potter... I didn't like the fact that everyone had kids and everything was lovely...but it wasn't a big deal.

But then last night I finished Mockingjay...and it really disappointed me. I don't care that Katniss ended up with Peeta (Even though Gale is a hundred times cooler)...but I did care that she had to go and have kids. I understand that part of it is the fact that now it's SAFE to have them again, but still... Kids =/= happiness. Maybe this is the childfree bitch in me saying all this, but really! Is it completely necessary to tack that on? What was wrong with the ending of the book proper, with Katniss picking Peeta, and letting the reader imagine from there?

I want a heroine that doesn't have kids. Just once in a while.. is that really so much to ask?
katiroth: (Misc Actress: Dream)

Watching the trailer for the last Harry Potter movie(s) makes me want to read the entire series again. But I just finished Wizards First Rule, and am hitting the library tomorrow for the next two books.

Can't do both at once. ;______;

Not to mention I started re-reading A Game of Thrones...but stopped when I realized that George R.R. Martin gets off on torturing the Starks. When A Dance With Dragons finally comes out (if ever) I'll finish my second read-through of the books, but not until then.

I did, however, just finish Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls and it was awesome. Now if I could just figure out where I left the first one so I can re-read that one too.

And it's almost time for another re-read of the Chronicles of Narnia...

So much to read, so little time!
katiroth: (fighting for you)
Last night I re-read Hannibal for the first time since High School.

....And was completely and utterly squicked by the ending. So much that I wrote a long diatribe that I will type up after I get a few hours of sleep.

Just kinda weird, because seven years ago, I loved the "love story" between Clarice and Hannibal.

I still like all of my other evil/good pairings (And my evil/tragically misunderstood pairings, see icon) but that one really bothered me last night.

I wanna know why.


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October 2012



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