December 28, 2009
Lauren Leto explains how knowing people’s favorite author is a great way to stereotype them. Below are some examples:
Jack Kerouac: Umphrey’s McGee fans.
Ayn Rand: Workaholics seeking validation.
Ralph Waldo Emerson: People who can start a fire.
Mark Twain: Liars.
Dan Brown: People who used to get lost in supermarkets when they were kids.
George Orwell: Conspiracy theorists (too easy).
F. Scott Fitzgerald: People who get adjustable-rate mortgages.
C.S. Lewis: Youth group leaders who picked their nose in the 4th grade.
Alexis de Tocqueville: Political theory and constitutional democracy majors.
Kurt Vonnegut: People who played Creep by Radiohead while having sex or smoking pot.
September 27, 2009
Below is 11point.com’s list of “the most hypocritical, ignorant, and, based on the content of the books, ironic” bans:
- Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury: The sci-fi classic is about a future government that bans and burns books. ‘Nuff said?
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain: The anti-slavery classic is still banned in places for its use of the word “nigger.”
- The Satanic Verses, Salman Rushdie: A book satirizing “narrow-minded” aspects of Islam inspired Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini to put out a hit on the author.
- Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl: Banned in Alabama for being “a real downer.”
- The Harry Potter series, JK Rowling: Religious watchdog groups outlawed a series that teaches “love, understanding, and tolerance.”
For the complete list, click here.