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It’s not even Wednesday and I’m already loaded up with topics for Friday’s episode of the “Behind The Blue Wall” podcast (Live from AEI Friday morning, by the way!) The pod is about living as a conservative in the bluest corner of America, which isn’t always easy but is always entertaining.
Thanks to stories like this: “Maine bookstore dumps books by author accused of sexual harassment”
The story is exactly what it sounds like: Quill Books & Beverage in Westbrook, ME has removed books from its shelves by men accused of sexual harassment. Here’s the tweet thread making their case:
That last one is the most interesting: “a safe space commitment that extends to our shelves.” Just imagine what that would look like if they took this notion to its logical end. No J.D. Salinger (pedophile), no William Golding (attempted rape) and, perhaps worst of all … no Ted Kennedy! Where will kids go to get their books about Ted and his dog, Splash? (No joke. He named his dog “Splash.”)
The list of awful people who wrote amazing literature is nearly endless. I guess the gang at Quill could just sell the Bible and a few cookbooks (assuming they weren’t written by Martha Stewart or Paula Deen), but that doesn’t seem like a smart business strategy.
Or a worthwhile bookstore, now that you mention it.