Black, White, and Read All Over

In the words of an animated Russian conman, that’s what’s wrong with this country: everything’s in red. Perhaps you’ve noticed Bound and Gagged’s new threads? Why the bold new look, you ask? Well, upon becoming less terribly computer illiterate, I stopped putting my links in clunky, citation-style parentheses and started inserting links into the text itself. However, unlike on my friend’s blog, the links did not show up blue and underlined, but a mere black instead of the usual grey text. Thus, though fifty-five people viewed my “What’s In a Name?” post, not a single reader noticed any of the links. Alas, Gilbert Gottfried’s dulcet seductions went unheard. Homespun Star Wars apparel went unseen. Such atrocities shall not stand.

So it’s a New Year; why not a new look? And just in time for Valentine’s Day. Red is the color of censorship and seduction, passion and empires. It’s a stamp on a library book, a disapproving comment on a paper, a mark on a tainted record, a Scarlet Letter, an Inquisition, and a provocative little lady who strayed too far and lost her way in the woods. So join us at Bound and Gagged in exploring the marked, the scandalous, and the bold as we go forward into a new year of banned books.

To tie in with my last post about video game censorship, the Hollywood Production Code, and the CCA, I thought I’d mix it up and have this week’s review be something that had to be approved rather than something that was deemed objectionable. I apologize for not having it up on the usual Friday schedule, but stay tuned for my thoughts on the infamous, groundbreaking comic, “Snowbirds Don’t Fly.” This Friday I’ll also be reviewing everybody’s favorite ancient text, the Kāmasūtra. See you then, readers. Dasvidaniya.


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About boundandgaggedbooks

Shannon is a freelance writer and folklore buff. She has a degree from Hampshire College in Creative Writing/Mythology & Religion, with an emphasis on epic/oral traditions, their anthropological implications, and their modern counterparts. Her work can be found in Fabulously Feminist, Wolf Wariors: The National Wolfwatcher Coalition Anthology, The Concord Monitor, Redhead Magazine, and The Climax.

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