Sarah Palin Carries a Big (Hockey) Stick
©2008 Jim Wilson/NY Times
I sent out an email yesterday in connection with my participation in Part 2 of the “Banned & Recovered: Artists Respond to Censorship”, noting that censorship was still a relevant & topical issue in our democratic union. The connection was prompted by a NY Times article that morning on Sarah Palin— “Palin’s Start in Alaska: Not Politics as Usual,” — which included this tidbit:
“. . . Shortly after becoming mayor, former city officials and Wasilla residents said, Ms. Palin approached the town librarian about the possibility of banning some books, though she never followed through and it was unclear which books or passages were in question.
Ann Kilkenny, a Democrat who said she attended every City Council meeting in Ms. Palin’s first year in office, said Ms. Palin brought up the idea of banning some books at one meeting. ‘They were somehow morally or socially objectionable to her,’ Ms. Kilkenny said.
The librarian, Mary Ellen Emmons, pledged to ‘resist all efforts at censorship,’ Ms. Kilkenny recalled. Ms. Palin fired Ms. Emmons shortly after taking office but changed course after residents made a strong show of support. Ms. Emmons, who left her job and Wasilla a couple of years later, declined to comment for this article. . . “
I received scads more responses in connection to the Palin part of that email than to the announcement of the show. I am chastened—subdued—for the moment, anyway. I heard your message—politics more urgent than art. So, with that in mind, I start today with a few posts on an artist’s view of the Republican Convention.