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Mo Yan Delivers Nobel Lecture in Literature

Follow this link to read Mo Yan‘s Nobel Lecture in Literature.

Earlier this week Yan made some controversial remarks about censorship, so the literary community will follow his words closely. Here is an excerpt from his lecture:

The announcement of my Nobel Prize has led to controversy. At first I thought I was the target of the disputes, but over time I’ve come to realize that the real target was a person who had nothing to do with me. Like someone watching a play in a theater, I observed the performances around me. I saw the winner of the prize both garlanded with flowers and besieged by stone-throwers and mudslingers. I was afraid he would succumb to the assault, but he emerged from the garlands of flowers and the stones, a smile on his face; he wiped away mud and grime, stood calmly off to the side, and said to the crowd:

For a writer, the best way to speak is by writing. You will find everything I need to say in my works. Speech is carried off by the wind; the written word can never be obliterated. I would like you to find the patience to read my books. I cannot force you to do that, and even if you do, I do not expect your opinion of me to change. No writer has yet appeared, anywhere in the world, who is liked by all his readers; that is especially true during times like these.

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Brooklyn Nanny Fights Porn In Libraries

Brooklyn nanny Crystal Brister has taken on the Brooklyn Public Library in an attempt to stop patrons who use the Internet at their local branch to watch pornography.

According to DNAInfo, the library cannot actually prevent patrons from viewing the illicit videos on their computers because these patrons are not doing anything illegal and are protected. Here’s more from the article: “Adults are protected under the First Ammendment to watch legal porn in government-funded public libraries, according to former Brooklyn public library spokeswoman Malika Granville.” (If they were viewing child pornography or snuff films, that would be a different story).

While attending a story time at the Clinton Hill library, Brister saw a man on one of the computers openly watching pornography.  Frustrated with the X-rated backdrop to children’s reading time in her local branch, Brister has created a Change.org petition requesting that the library change its policy. Pointing to the library’s own rules preventing children from accessing obscene materials she asks, “How is this library providing a safe environment for our young children?”