Posted on 11/10/2014 at 12:00 AM by Jeffrey Bruner
On this day in 1973, Drake High School in North Dakota burned 32 copies of Kurt Vonnegut's classic "Slaughterhouse-Five" because the book contained "obscene language." Vonnegut wrote a letter a week later to the head of the school board: "I read in the newspaper that your community is mystified by the outcry from all over the country about what you have done. Well, you have discovered that Drake is a part of American civilization, and your fellow Americans can’t stand it that you have behaved in such an uncivilized way. Perhaps you will learn from this that books are sacred to free men for very good reasons, and that wars have been fought against nations which hate books and burn them. If you are an American, you must allow all ideas to circulate freely in your community, not merely your own." Vonnegut never got a reply. You can read the entire letter here.
"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child." -- Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel, 1904-91.)
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