Alt-Right Book Burning Cancelled After Pressure

By August 19, 2017Literature, News, Political

Well there’s a headline I never thought I’d write in my lifetime. Book burnings, remit of Nazi Germany and other totalitarian regimes, unseen in the Western world for many, many decades. With this in mind I find it hard to sympathise with those who claim infringement of civil rights at not being able to hold a book burning planned for this weekend.

Juan Cadavid has cancelled a planned book burning on Huntington State Beach this weekend after claiming ‘threats from leftists’ meant they had to cancel the burning of what they called degenerate literature.

If you wish to know what they deem degenerate, then the usual suspects were in the list, Karl Marx, the Koran, and we’re assuming for some variety they were also encouraging people to bring along their Cosmos and Teen Vogue magazine. It seems our cover is blown, now everyone will know we’ve been sneaking our SJW crap into Teen Vogue, what will we do?

After Trump’s statements about the Alt-Left being violent this week and blame on both sides, Cadavid has cancelled the event and deleted the event page from Facebook, releasing this statement

“Public Statement regarding “Burning Degeneracy” event. I do not want to go into a long explanation at this time. The event was in no way intended to eradicate these publications, more a symbolic way of showing that we do not approve of what is being taught to our children and maybe that should have been made clearer, I do not endorse the censorship of literature or personal political views in any way. Due to credible threats of violence from the left this event will be canceled. Free speech in America is under attack and as much as I do not want to shut this event down due to strong personal convictions regarding free speech, I cannot be responsible for injury or death due to intolerance from the violent Socialists.”

On a personal level, I grew up believing we were supposed to oppose Nazis, not allow them a platform under the guise of free speech, so I find little to be sad about with the cancellation of this event. Never in my lifetime did I think I would see anti-Semitism, Nazi flags and book burnings on the streets of the free world. Just as a reminder, here’s an image from a book burning event during World War II.

I am closing today with the wise words of Heinrich Heine

“Dort wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man auch am Ende Menschen.”

“Where they have burned books, they will end in burning human beings.”

Audiobooks on… Vinyl?

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Author Joe Hill (Strange Weather), has always had a hankering for the rock star life but the life of an author is far from rock and roll. Instead Hill has decided to come up with some other way of creating his own vinyl LP- by recording an audiobook instead of an album!

The vinyl recording will be narrated by actor Nate Corddry, and will feature a special cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Wild Horses,” recorded specifically for the record. The Dark Carousel vinyl package will include original artwork (see below), two colourful special edition records, and a full-length download of the audiobook.

The first vinyl printing of Hill’s Dark Carousel will be for a limited 2,500 copies, and will be out on the 20th of April.

Keep an eye out here at For Reading Addicts for where to pre-order yours.

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A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Hexagonal Phase Coming Soon

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Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is back!

The Hexagonal Phase is arriving in 2018 on BBC Radio 4 for the 40th anniversary of the popular book/radio play/film/television series. The radio play is based on And Another Thing... by Eoin Colfer, with additional material by Douglas Adams, and adapted and directed by Dirk Maggs.

And Another Thing… was commissioned in 2009 by the Douglas Adams Estate to mark the 30th anniversary of the first novel. It is set to include unpublished  material by Douglas Adams, sourced from notebooks full of Hitchiker’s notes that have been kept safe in the library at St. John’s College, Cambridge.

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Sexual Harassment Claims Hit the Literary World

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With the top being blown off poor sexual conduct worldwide as part of the #MeToo movement, we guess it was only a matter of time before it hit the book industry too. This week their agents have publicly dropped both James Dashner and Jay Asher after claims of sexual harassment.

A series of allegations were made online about both Dashner and Asher as part of the #MeToo movement, made worse possibly because both authors are children’s authors and as part of their work come into contact with many young adults. The accusations were made on the US site School Library Journal and were repeated by many accusers. Read More

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