Sussex Watchdog to host The Montag Book Club.
We live in strange times. What with attractive suburban women running around in pussy-cat hats demanding that Rockabilly be banned, groundhogs be renamed, and Asian men with the last name "Lee" and the first name "Robert" be fired. We have reached the point of crazy.
And what will the list of proscribed words, books, art work, music, comedy, and the like look like next year? The year after that?
And how far will these modern Mrs. Grundys go in "holding responsible" those who violate this new religion? As far as they did Galileo Galilei or just Lenny Bruce?
So maybe it is time to step back, take a deep breath, and read together. As "V" put it: "Because while the truncheon may be used in lieu of conversation, words will always retain their power. Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth."
To this end, Sussex Watchdog will be forming The Montag Book Club this September. We chose the name "Montag" -- the central character in Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 -- because we believe that certain zealous types among us are very near to making it a reality.
The Montag Book Club will meet at a central location, a library most likely. Watchdog will select the first book, but will be open to future suggestions. The topic will generally be freedom -- especially the freedom of speech and expression.
Those interested should contact Sussex Watchdog at firstname.lastname@example.org.