Thursday, April 29, 2010

Bloody Great!

You can find the best stuff on Wikipedia...

"[Harper] Lee showed her feistiness in her 1966 letter to the editor in response to the attempts of a Richmond, Virginia area school board to ban To Kill a Mockingbird as “immoral literature”:
Recently I have received echoes down this way of the Hanover County School Board’s activities, and what I’ve heard makes me wonder if any of its members can read.

Surely it is plain to the simplest intelligence that “To Kill a Mockingbird” spells out in words of seldom more than two syllables a code of honor and conduct, Christian in its ethic, that is the heritage of all Southerners. To hear that the novel is “immoral” has made me count the years between now and 1984, for I have yet to come across a better example of doublethink.

I feel, however, that the problem is one of illiteracy, not Marxism. Therefore I enclose a small contribution to the Beadle Bumble Fund that I hope will be used to enroll the Hanover County School Board in any first grade of its choice.

Reference listed by Wikipedia: Shields, Charles J. (2006). Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee. Henry Holt and Co.."


  1. Oh, hell yes! That was bloody great! Thanks for posting this, Rachel.

  2. I love that Harper Lee. Love. Her.

    But a SCIENTIST using wikipedia as a resource? Isn't this enough to get you drummed out of the corps?

  3. and speaking of that scientist thing, I think I'll send you my YA with a wannabe scientist in it.

  4. Are you kidding? I love Wikipedia! Actually I love all the random resources on the internet both of the reliable and unreliable variety. The key is to have a healthy does of incredulity right? :) Of course, happily using any and all resources is very difference from using something as a reference. I don't believe I've once in my life used anything that originated on the internet as a reference in my scientific life.

    I recently had someone pass their YA to me that involved a lot of horse stuff. I had a lot of fun reading it for accuracy. My favorite part was that the story was 3rd person but heavily in the head of the main character. I often had to make notes like, this isn't accurate but I can see this character thinking this way so it's your call. Good times!