Saturday, July 26, 2014

Quote of the day

"In my work, as a writer, I only photograph, in words, what I see. If I write of 'sadism' it is because it exists, I didn't invent it, and if some terrible act occurs in my work it is because such things happen in our lives. ... Censorship is the tool of those who have the need to hide actualities from themselves and from others. Their fear is only their inability to face what is real, and I can't vent any anger against them. I only feel this appalling sadness. Somewhere, in their upbringing, they were shielded against the total facts of our existence. They were only taught to look one way when many ways exist."

Charles Bukowski, on learning that his book Tales Of Ordinary Madness had been removed from the shelves of the Public Library in Nijmegen following a reader's complaint. Further evidence that I should visit the Letters Of Note site more regularly.

(Thanks to Tim for the link.)

No comments: