Here are a few stories for your Sunday:
VONNEGUT: The Germans could see us, because they were talking to us through a loudspeaker. They told us our situation was hopeless, and so on. That was when we fixed bayonets. It was nice there for a few minutes.
INTERVIEWER: How so?
VONNEGUT: Being a porcupine with all those steel quills. I pitied anybody who had to come in after us.
INTERVIEWER: But they came in anyway?
VONNEGUT: No. They sent in eighty-eight millimeter shells instead.
2. Cormac McCarthy Cuts to the Bone “Blood Meridian used to be a much different novel. McCarthy’s early drafts reveal how an American masterpiece was born.”
3. First, the bad news. November 14: Official wants to de-fund library, users should “go back to Mexico.”
Library funding in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, may be diverted to a new jail thanks to a legislator who doesn’t approve of the library’s programs. Jail proponent and chair of the Lafourche Parish Council Lindel Toups supports a ballot measure that would take funding away from libraries.
“They’re teaching Mexicans how to speak English,” Toups told the local Tri-Parish Times, referencing Biblioteca Hispana, a Spanish-language section of one of the nine branch libraries. “Let that son of a bitch go back to Mexico. There’s just so many things they’re doing that I don’t agree with. … Them junkies and hippies and food stamps [recipients] and all, they use the library.”
4. Then, the good. November 16: Louisiana parish votes to save library fund after commissioner’s rant about ‘teaching Mexicans how to speak English’ there.
Some people actually are bad. In case you’re wondering, I count “people who want to take money from libraries because they hate them on principal” in this category. Promoting ignorance, despising folks who use their local library, and wanting to strip communities of the chance to learn, so they can instead build jails… yeah, I’m going to stop now, before I launch into a rant that will blow up my keyboard.
5. To get rid of the lingering taste of bitterness from that story: Batkid.