Librarians

“And on the subject of burning books: I want to congratulate librarians, not famous for their physical strength or their powerful political connections or their great wealth, who, all over this country, have staunchly resisted anti-democratic bullies who have tried to remove certain books from their shelves, and have refused to reveal to thought police the names of persons who have checked out those titles.

So the America I loved still exists, if not in the White House or the Supreme Court or the Senate or the House of Representatives or the media. The America I love still exists at the front desks of our public libraries.”

― Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country

One-Star Reviews for “A Day In The Life Of Marlon Bundo”

 

Last night, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver did a segment on Mike Pence. Much of it was not kind to the Vice President except when John Oliver complimented Pence on his cute pet bunny, Marlon Bundo.

Today, Pence’s family released a book called “Marlon Bundo’s Day in the Life of the Vice President”. Not to be outdone, John Oliver’s show released a book last night called “A Day In The LIfe Of Marlon Bundo”.

In Oliver’s book Marlon meets another boy bunny, and they fall in love and decide to get married. However, a stinky bug in power says they can’t get married, so the people unite and vote the bug out of office.

Oliver’s book is outselling Pence’s book, and it’s currently the best selling children’s book on Amazon. As of this writing, 97% of reviewers are giving it five out of five stars, and the other 3% are giving it one star. Here’s a sample of one-star ratings “A Day In The LIfe Of Marlon Bundo” has received:

The book can be purchased from Amazon or at www.BetterBundoBook.com. All sales will benefit the LGBT advocacy organization The Trevor Project.

A Great Passage From Vonnegut’s “Slaughter-House Five”

“It was a movie about American bombers in the Second World War and the gallant men who flew them. Seen backwards by Billy, the story went like this:

American planes, full of holes and wounded men and corpses took off backwards from an airfield in England. Over France, a few German fighter planes flew at them backwards, sucked bullets and shell fragments from some of the planes and crewmen. They did the same for wrecked American bombers on the ground, and those planes flew up backwards to join the formation. The formatioin flew backwards over a German city that was in flames. The bombers opened their bomb bay doors, exerted a miraculous magnetism which shrunk the fires, gathered them into cylindrical steel containers, and lifted the containers into the bellies of the planes. The containers were stored neatly in racks. The Germans below had miraculous devices of their own, which were long steel tubes. They used them to suck more fragments from the crewmen and planes. But there were still a few wounded Americans, though, and some of the bombers were in bad repair. Over France, though, German fighters came up again, made everything and everybody as good as new.

When the bombers got back to their base, the steel cylinders were taken from the racks and shipped back to the United States of America, where factories were operating night and day, dismantling the cylinders, separating the dangerous contents into minerals. Touchingly, it was mainly women who did this work. The minerals were then shipped to specialists in remote areas. It was their business to put them into the ground, to hide them cleverly, so they would never hurt anybody ever again.”