Sunday, January 9, 2011


I was going to post a lengthy rant on the insidiousness of PCism and how it is nothing but outright censorship and does nothing but deteriorate our rights to free speech, but ran across this cartoon and I couldn't have expressed it any better.

Sometimes humor is the best way to fight bullies and other forms of morons... Although, it's not certain that PC advocates are capable of seeing themselves for what they are...

Blue skies,


Maryannwrites said...

Les, I loved the cartoon. I have been ranting about the sanitizing of Huck FInn since the first school system banned it years ago. Some people just don't get it.

I came over to your blog after seeing your comment on Helen Ginger's about my book. If you do get the book, I would be happy to send you an autographed bookplate. Just e-mail me at

You can also ask your local library to order it, if you don't want to spring for a hardback. Thanks.

Les Edgerton said...

Thanks, Maryann. You're right--this whole Huckleberry Finn "sanitizing" is absurd. If that was all it was, it'd be one thing, but it's far more serious than that. It reflects the current mindset of many who want to stifle any view contrary to their own and to remake history so that it makes people "feel good." It's pure insanity.

I've already ordered your book and while I appreciate your comment about not having to spring for a hardcover, that's what I do. I buy thousands of books. My family goes to a local Borders or B&N every single Saturday and we all buy 2-3 books apiece. As a writer, I feel we owe it to each other to buy each others' books. We suspect we'll be on a future show for hoarders with all the books in our house... It's the single best way to support our fellow writers. I teach writers and it always amazes me when I encounter someone who claims they want to write but they buy very few books. Who do they expect to support them when they publish their own book? It's kind of telling when I meet some of those "writers" at a bar or restaurant and they think nothing of plunking down $20 for their drinks, but balk at buying a book. I just don't get it... So, I would love to have an autographed bookplate! I'll email you and give you my address, okay?

Keep the fight against censorship going! You may be interested in a blogpost on this site I posted on censorship and PCism based on a talk I gave at Vermont College in 1997. It's somewhere on here!

Looking forward to reading your book.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Amen! Don't even get me started on the Huck Finn thing. There's a reason it's a classic!! Argh!

dolorah said...

I don't understand why people think they should use todays standards on something written in another era.

Maybe some people are just argumentive types with nothing better to do.


Susan Fields said...

I like your comment about supporting other writers by buying books. I buy books way faster than I can read them. I'm going to need to get a job at a bookstore soon to support my book habit. :)