Pick me up
DKM works for a bank. Not a bank in trouble, thankfully, but a bank. So she has been really really really busy. If she owes you something – it will be out on Saturday.
In an effort to make up for our lack of commenting and her growing pile of unanswered emails…we present ‘happy perky’ photos for your amusement.
A Bun Bum
Grumpy Sophia on another super secret project
And a chocolate smile
Celebrating the Freedom to Read
The Comstock Law and Seized books
From WIKI– The Comstock Act, (ch. 258 17 Stat. 598 enacted March 3, 1873) is a United States federal law which made it illegal to send any “obscene, lewd, and/or lascivious” materials through the mail, including contraceptive devices and information. In addition to banning contraceptives, this act also banned the distribution of information on abortion for educational purposes following the ideal of “Hear no Evil, See no Evil.” Twenty-four states passed similar prohibitions on materials distributed within the states. Collectively, these state and federal restrictions are known as the Comstock laws.
The sale and distribution of obscene materials has been unlawful in most of the American states since the early 1800s, and has been prohibited by federal law since 1873. The federal anti-obscenity laws are still in effect in 2008 and are enforced, though there are extensive debates on what is “obscene.”
Some impacts of the Comstock Act:
- Ulysses was barred from the United States as obscene for 15 years, and was seized by U.S Postal Authorities in 1918 and 1930. The lifting of the ban in 1933 came only after advocates fought for the right to publish the book
- In 1930, U.S. Customs seized Harvard-bound copies of Candide, Voltaire’s critically hailed satire, claiming obscenity. Two Harvard professors defended the work, and it was later admitted in a different edition. In 1944, the US Post Office demanded the omission of Candide from a mailed Concord Books catalog.
- Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Boccaccio’s Decameron, Defoe’s Moll Flanders, and various editions of The Arabian Nights were all banned for decades from the U.S. mails under the Comstock Law of 1873. Officially known as the Federal Anti-Obscenity Act, this law banned the mailing of “lewd”, “indecent”, “filthy”, or “obscene” materials. The Comstock laws, while now unenforced, remain for the most part on the books today; the Telecommunications Reform Bill of 1996 even specifically applied some of them to computer networks. The anti-war Lysistrata was banned again in 1967 in Greece, which was then controlled by a military junta.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s autobiography Confessions was banned by U.S. Customs in 1929 as injurious to public morality.
- In 1954, the Providence, RI, post office attempted to block delivery of Lenin’s State and Revolution to Brown University, citing it as “subversive”.
Shipping to Canada? Not these books! Just some of the books which can not be shipped from the US to Canada.
- Bierce, Ambrose: The Devil’s Advocate: An Ambrose Bierce Reader
- Burroughs, William: The Naked Lunch
- Duras, Marguerite: The Man Sitting in the Corridor
- Irving, John: The Hotel New Hampshire.
- Rice, Anne: The Sleeping Beauty Trilogy
- Selby, Hubert Jr.: Last Exit to Brooklyn
- Steinbeck, John: The Way
- Wilde, Oscar: Teleny