I am again asking for those who would like to join the U.L.S.,the Underground Library Society, to join and write a guest post.
In an earlier First Year Class at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, The U.L.S. — The Underground Library Society — was created. It is in the spirit of the Book People from Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. In that novel, all books have been banned, and a few people “become” books by memorizing them, in the hope that, one day, books will be permitted to exist again.
I am again teaching the subject of banned books and censorship, and my students will take part in this organization, and I hope that many of you do also. My students will create posters about the book they choose, put them up at various places on campus, do a blog post on the project, memorize one paragraph form their chosen books, and then give a short presentation about the work at the end of the semester.
In that spirit, I am putting out the call once more for like-minded people to join The U.L.S. All that is needed is to choose a book you would memorize if the need ever arose. You do not actually have to memorize the book now. You do not need to create a poster, although if you do, I ask only that you use the logo of the U.L.S. on this page. If you wish to join, simply write a guest post in which you say what book you would “become” and why.
I hope many of you choose to join.
If you do wish to do a post, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and write a guest post as a Word doc. Thank you.
Charles F. French
I am looking forward to hearing from new members!
“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
“You’re never too old,
too wacky, too wild,
to pick up a book
and read to a child.”
“If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.”
This month is the 50th anniversary of Star Trek! Congratulations to extraordinary longevity and influence for a television show that ran 3 seasons beginning in September of 1966. What had been seen initially as only an action-adventure space opera, the influence and importance of this series would grow slowly.
The series was scheduled to be canceled after only two seasons, but an onslaught of mail and calls from fans convinced the television executives to renew it for one more season, but it still was finished after a partial 3rd season. This run of circumstances ordinarily would have been the end of most shows, but something was happening.
Star Trek was in many ways a response to the turmoil of the 1960s, but it was also a vision that transcended that particularly chaotic era. Gene Roddenberry, the creator, of the series, imbued it with a sense of optimism and humanism that suggested it was possible for humanity to confront and overcome its enormous problems. It was the first series to create a multi-cultural, indeed multi-planetary, crew. In many of its episodes it dealt with issues that were then, and still are, current and facing humanity; among these themes: racism, war, and the spread of weapons in various cultures.
After a short period of dormancy, Star Trek went into syndication and soon would spin off 5 other series, and a 6th is coming out soon. Additionally, many feature movies have been made, including the most recent from this year Star Trek Beyond.
I am a proud Trekkie, especially favoring the original series. The humanism and optimism of the show has resonated with me, and I find the writing especially to be at the top level of television science-fiction shows, right along with The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits. I hope that the messages of this show continue to inspire people for many years to come.
“Live Long and Prosper!”
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”
“Education is education. We should learn everything and then choose which path to follow. Education is neither Eastern nor Western, it is human.”
“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.”
“There is an old saying that the course of civilization is a race between catastrophe and education. In a democracy such as ours, we must make sure that education wins the race.”
John F. Kennedy
“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”
“Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.”
“Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.”
(Martin Droeshout Portrait)
“The lunatic, the lover and the poet,
Are of imagination all compact. . .
And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
Turns them into shapes, and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.”
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
(Act 5. Scene 1. lines 7-17)
“It is never too late to give up your prejudices”
Henry David Thoreau
“Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilisation.”
It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.
I have focused on this theme before, but I believe it is always important.
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Edmund Burke
While today, we would say people instead of men, the importance of the message remains. When evil or the potential for it exists, it must be opposed.
“The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.” Albert Einstein
Both men from very different times and different political and social backgrounds give a moral imperative to people to stand up to evil, that it cannot and should not be ignored.
photograph by Carl Van Vechten
“Creativity takes courage.”
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”