Thursday, August 11, 2005

Kid-lit Thursday

























...and ruined a brand new, perfectly fine, Nike ball cap for the sake of a visual. The Hidden Feast, a children's picture book written by Mitch Weiss & Martha Hamilton will publish in the spring of 2006 with August House.

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Unrelated thought for the day: The public library asked me not to present my book The legend of the Valentine to children at a summer event because of its christian content. That same library recently voted not to remove Out magazine, a publication that promotes homosexual lifestyle. Chew on that.

Note my squeaky clean, unwaxed ear hole.

19 comments:

Chris Barton said...

Congratulations on finishing the paintings, Don! Rest up (and then get back to writing)...

As for your beef with the library, context is everything. Now, if they're doing readings from Out for the summer kids program but not carrying your book (or similar ones) on the shelves, that's another matter.

Luke Cage said...

Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! WHAT??? Your unrelated thought of the day: made a brotha do a double take. I don't understand. What the Library chooses to do and view is up to them. That is their right.

But how can they refuse one and not allow the other to be presented. If anything, this is as good a forum to either present both, or don't present either. Not one or the other. Siiigh.. sorry to hear you going thru that Don. Bad break brotha.

Anyway, all is not lost. You got to finish those awesome pics. Be well man.

The Archivist said...

Christianity is out, homosexuality is in? (no pun intended) Now, I'm a Christian, and some of my best friends are bisexual, so I've no problem with homosexuality...

But that just seems ridiculous. You can't read your book to kids because of Christian content, but they will have a (presumably)pro-homosexuality magazine available... and if they're like my library, anybody, including kids, will be able to read the magazine.

I think they need to reassess their priorities...

The Gig said...

I'm glad you finished the paintings. I've missed your posts. I can't wait to see your new book.

Regarding the library, What is this world coming to? We need to pray on them.

About the squeaky clean ear, that's something different altogether. You will need to explain that one to me.

Don Tate II said...

@ Mz. Gig: I think I'm gonna have to start explaining things for you using a bit more detail.

Note: to take notice of.

Squeaky clean, unwaxed ear hole: means my ear is clean.

Susan Taylor Brown said...

Yeah on finishing! Back to writing soon, I hope.

Brea said...

Tired much? Love the photo and congrats on completing the project!

**RPM** said...

Just another piece of evidence to support why the earth is going to hell.

Religion is a dirty word. Sex is all good. Wow...

Nikki said...

Now lemme get this straight. They're willing to carry Out magazine, but they don't want your book presented because of the Christian content? What the f*ck is the world coming to?

Lauren said...

Congratulations! You know...someone might pay a lot of money for that hat...it is a great artist's work of art on the hat as well! :-D

The Gig said...

Thanks for the explanation Mr. Smarty pants.

Also, it looks like you also painted your face.

The Gig said...

Oh me -- am I behind the times again?

cbeatrice said...

Congratulations man, you gonna start blogging again haha. Oh wait you never stopped. I agree with Lauren dude sign the hat and put it on ebay maybe you could bring a few dollars.

ManNMotion said...

Strange about the unrelated comment. I always looked at libraries as a place where all censorship was to be reviled. I suppose this library doesn't keep a copy of the bible (the best selling book of all time)?

Miss A said...

ummmm....

so what library are we boycotting and/or writing letters to, because of this incident? I bet they carry those children christian magazines too... (it's on the tip of my tongue, but can't get out the name)

And we all know libraries carry THE BOOK!!!!

Congrats on finishing the paintings... sorry to hear about ya ballcap! U can always frame it as ur completion to your paintings!

Rinda M. Byers said...

Well!! The public library here in Bremerton would probably not get away with "banning" a christian book! A complete contrast over here to the Seattle public library system: Lots of christian books in the Bremerton library system. Likely because of the large number of patrons who request them and take them out....there's power for you, all a numbers game sometimes. Still, who said that numbers make something right or good or fair? I was real sorry to hear about your book being banned, Don. My picture book got taken out of a library because there was a picture of a dad with comic books! Supposedly, my book "promoted" reading of comic books rather than "real" literature!

Yay for you for finishing at last!! And thanks for hte info on the Lee and Low reading list, too.

Rinda

Jdid said...

congrats

NjDivaGirl said...

LOL funny pic of you laid out. Looks like me during my last programming class...aaagh. As far as the unrelated thought. The library is a part of Government. The government is fickle.

Harold Gibson said...

I guess I did not understand the connection between you not being able to present your book because of its religious content and a magazine being available that deals with homosexual issues.

Is your book banned from the library or not a part of a particular presentation? If it has been banned because of its religious content then that is shameful behavior all by itself.

However, I do not see any connection between your book not being presented and the magazine being available. Using your logic one could easily say the same thing about Vibe or any magazine that features rappers or others who embrace what some may deem an immoral lifestyle.

Whether we like or not, same gender loving people are a part of our fabric and believe it or not they are also a part of our religious life just like the rest of the sinners.