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 Kurt Vonnegut letter in response to book burning 
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In October of 1973, Bruce Severy — a 26-year-old English teacher at Drake High School, North Dakota — decided to use Kurt Vonnegut's novel, Slaughterhouse-Five, as a teaching aid in his classroom. The next month, on November 7th, the head of the school board, Charles McCarthy, demanded that all 32 copies be burned in the school's furnace as a result of its "obscene language." Other books soon met with the same fate.

On the 16th of November, Kurt Vonnegut sent McCarthy the following letter. He didn't receive a reply.

http://www.lettersofnote.com/2012/03/i- ... -real.html

Note: Kurt Vonnegut was honorary president of the American Humanist Association 1992 until his death in 2007.

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March 31st, 2012, 2:02 am
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Thanks for that, Ken. A good man.


March 31st, 2012, 6:05 am
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I wonder if it had any effect on the prejudice? Not by the fact that there was no reply.

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March 31st, 2012, 9:34 am
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If that was the only letter and there were no copies, then the head of the school board must have kept it...

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March 31st, 2012, 12:03 pm
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Alan H wrote:
If that was the only letter and there were no copies, then the head of the school board must have kept it...

It's that ambiguous (in interpretation) word "copy" again. A "copy" is a duplicate, facsimile or whatever of the original - so is that published letter from Kurt's own papers - his "copy" of the "original" - now released?

Just another slightly sloppy use of correct English that even the best of writers are sometimes guilty of?

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March 31st, 2012, 12:15 pm
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I suppose in 1973, it would have been a real carbon copy...

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March 31st, 2012, 12:16 pm
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Alan H wrote:
I suppose in 1973, it would have been a real carbon copy...
Damn, missed that! :D

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