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Thursday, August 04, 2011


In Kingdom-Age, I was the innkeeper. In order to get people talking, I wrote all sorts of mildly titillating scenarios, none of which was pornographic, nor did any of them include the "bad" words. I was censored. Some people complained that my roleplay was offensive to their delicate sensibilities, and my words were DELETED by some powerful people. In response, I am resigning my post as innkeeper, and I posted some quotations on censorship. 

Of course, my writings were silly and shallow, in comparison to the wit of Lenny Bruce, D.H. Lawrence, and James Joyce. I never said, for example, "'when I makes water, I makes water, and when I makes tea, I makes tea', ... 'make sure it is not in the same pot!' " (This may be a misquote of James Joyce in Ulysses. I don't recall the exact phrases).

The point is, even my foolish phrases should be let stand. Here are some quotations by my betters, on the subject of censorship:

To limit the press is to insult a nation; to prohibit reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves.  ~Claude-Adrien HelvĂ©tius

Obscenity is not a quality inherent in a book or picture, but is solely and exclusively a contribution of the reading mind, and hence cannot be defined in terms of the qualities of a book or picture.  ~Theodore Schroeder

Censorship feeds the dirty mind more than the four-letter word itself.  ~Dick Cavett

Every human being has a right to hear what other wise human beings have spoken to him.  It is one of the Rights of Men; a very cruel injustice if you deny it to a man!  ~Thomas Carlyle

1 comment:

Call Me Lucy said...

and once again Tom Lehrer - When correctly viewed
Everything is lewd