Anti-Grooming Grooming

Is there a bigger insult nowadays than “Florida man”?

Here’s a peek at Florida’s Anti-Woke banned book list. A couple of them make sense considering Republicans should be terrified their constituents might read “1984.” You might notice that few classic novels are on this list and those that are present are decidedly for younger readers. Of course, that makes sense; at least for now this book banning is purportedly to save our children from evil (or was it to save them from thinking for themselves?).

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Upper-Decker

I was dropped off early at university, a squeaky clean seventeen-year-old scholar, easily identified as a Southern California surfer dude with huaraches on my feet, knobs on my knees, and of course, a bushy, bushy blond hair do. My life now consisted of a single suitcase full of clothes, three boxes of books, an old typewriter, and a guitar (hey, it was the sixties).

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Books for the Well-Read Ancient Toddler

When I first went to school I rocked a Big Chief tablet with light-blue lines spaced an inch or two apart and a thick green pencil with an indestructible lead. Home was plywood housing designed for migrant tomato pickers that originally housed the onslaught of temporary workers the war industry demanded and now functioned as married students’ housing for the local State College. We didn’t have a car; we didn’t have a television; we didn’t have a bathtub; but we had a radio and we had a library card.

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