You will very rarely see me curse, tumblypoos, but…but…I mean, what the fuck? How is this even possible? This reads like an Onion article.
To be clear, it is now ILLEGAL to teach de la Pena’s novel (which I’ve read and which is excellent) in schools, not because the book contains violence or drug use or massively unerotic blow jobs, but because it contains Mexican American characters. (The protagonist of the novel is only half Mexican, but apparently that is too Mexican for Arizona.)
That’s it. That’s the whole reason it can’t be taught in schools.
“We use the word ‘monster’ to describe an animal somehow different from us, somehow scary. But who is the more monstrous? The whales, who ask only to be left alone to sing their rich and plaintive songs, or the humans, who set out to hunt them and destroy them, and have brought many whales species close to the edge of extinction?
We’re interested in communication with extraterrestrial intelligence. Wouldn’t a good beginning be better communication with terrestrial intelligence — with other human beings of different cultures and languages, with the great apes, with the dolphins, but particularly, with the whales.”—Carl Sagan, Cosmos 11: The Persistence of Memory (via fyeahcarlsagan)
“Father De Leo, you love your people but you don’t understand them. They find God in each other. And when they lose each other, they lose God and they’re lost.”—The Doctor, The Rose Tattoo by Tennessee Williams (via i-came-to-your-window-last-night)