I thought I would celebrate the completion of a VERY rough migration to a new host with a new blog post.
It is MLK day 2018, just days after Trump’s “shithole countries” remark. Below is a painting by Haitian artist Watson Mere.
I was talking with a group of office mates about various movies, when a younger coworker basically told us if it wasn’t before 2008, he likely never saw it. First generation child of frugal immigrants, he wasn’t taken to many. So I decided to look up a list of the top American films and found this awesome list from the American Film Institute. I was surprised to see that I already saw a number of them. I watched “Best Of Years Of Our Lives” and was pleasantly surprised, so I think I will try watching the rest of the movies listed.
|5||SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN||1952|
|7||LAWRENCE OF ARABIA||1962|
|19||ON THE WATERFRONT||1954|
|22||SOME LIKE IT HOT||1959|
|23||THE GRAPES OF WRATH||1940|
|24||E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL||1982|
|25||TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD||1962|
|26||MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON||1939|
|28||ALL ABOUT EVE||1950|
|31||THE MALTESE FALCON||1941|
|32||THE GODFATHER PART II||1974|
|34||SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS||1937|
|36||THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI||1957|
|38||THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE||1948|
|42||BONNIE AND CLYDE||1967|
|44||THE PHILADELPHIA STORY||1940|
|46||IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT||1934|
|55||NORTH BY NORTHWEST||1959|
|58||THE GOLD RUSH||1925|
|67||WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?||1966|
|77||ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN||1976|
|79||THE WILD BUNCH||1969|
|85||A NIGHT AT THE OPERA||1935|
|88||BRINGING UP BABY||1938|
|93||THE FRENCH CONNECTION||1971|
|95||THE LAST PICTURE SHOW||1971|
|96||DO THE RIGHT THING||1989|
|98||YANKEE DOODLE DANDY||1942|
This year read a banned book week falls on:
Sunday 2017 September 24 – Saturday 2017 September 30th
Every year for the past 35 years the American Library Association sponsors Banned Books Week: The Freedom To Read
Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. Check out the frequently challenged books section to explore the issues and controversies around book challenges and book banning. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.
The American Library Association maintains a list of The Top 100 Banned Novels Of The 20th Century for your reading pleasure.
There is even a web site and a domain dedicated to Banned Books Week called BannedBooksWeek.org
Lastly here is a list of the Top 10 Most Challenged Books Of 2016:
Please read or talk about a book from one of these lists during Banned Books Week 2017.
All freedom and all progress is ultimately rooted in the free flow of ideas.