Radical Militant Librarian in training...apparently

SWP had some issues with this blog, so I thought I would do some digging for information that might define what I stand for and some information that might be helpful for anyone who thinks that public libraries are going down the hole.

Better than anything I can say about myself is this button, that is my new motto. I am going to strive to be a Radical Militant Librarian.


According to this hilarious and slightly scary site: SafeLibraries.org SMUT by Tom Lehrer should be the ALA's Anthem.
(I thought it rather amusing.)

SMUT!
by Tom Lehrer

That Was The Year That Was, 1965

I do have a cause though. It is obscenity. I'm for it. Unfortunately the civil liberties types who are fighting this issue have to fight it owing to the nature of the laws as a matter of freedom of speech and stifling of free expression and so on but we know what's really involved: dirty books are fun. That's all there is to it. But you can't get up in a court and say that I suppose. It's simply a matter of freedom of pleasure, a right which is not guaranteed by the Constitution unfortunately. Anyway, since people seem to be marching for their causes these days I have here a march for mine. It's called...

Smut!
Give me smut and nothing but!
A dirty novel I can't shut,
If it's uncut,and unsubt- le.

I've never quibbled
If it was ribald,
I would devour where others merely nibbled.
As the judge remarked the day that he
acquitted my Aunt Hortense,
"To be smut
It must be ut-
Terly without redeeming social importance."

Por-
Nographic pictures I adore.
Indecent magazines galore,
I like them more
If they're hard core.

(Bring on the obscene movies, murals, postcards, neckties,
samplers, stained-glass windows, tattoos, anything!
More, more, I'm still not satisfied!)

Stories of tortures
Used by debauchers,
Lurid, licentious, and vile,
Make me smile.
Novels that pander
To my taste for candor
Give me a pleasure sublime.
(Let's face it, I love slime.)

All books can be indecent books
Though recent books are bolder,
For filth (I'm glad to say) is in
the mind of the beholder.
When correctly viewed,
Everything is lewd.

(I could tell you things about Peter Pan,
And the Wizard of Oz, there's a dirty old man!)
I thrill
To any book like Fanny Hill,
And I suppose I always will,
If it is swill
And really filthy.

Who needs a hobby like tennis or philately?
I've got a hobby: rereading Lady Chatterley.
But now they're trying to take it all
away from us unless
We take a stand, and hand in hand
we fight for freedom of the press.

In other words,
Smut! (I love it.)
Ah, the adventures of a slut.

Oh, I'm a market they can't glut,
I don't know what
Compares with smut.
Hip hip hooray!
Let's hear it for the Supreme Court!
Don't let them take it away!

or, you might enjoy: the "Internet is Porn" Song

Thanks Effing for sharing the SafeLibraries site, it gave me a much needed laugh, as did your hilarious blog about it.

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Anonymous said…
and you can hear it here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dILeb1sEHZM
Thank you. My inclusion of Smut! on my site was intended to be funny. I'm happy you saw it that way too. It really is very funny, isn't it.

Dan of Safelibraries.org

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