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Friday, February 23, 2007

Quote of the Day

"A censor pronouncing a ban, whether on an obscene spectacle or a derisive imitation, is like a man trying to stop his penis from standing up... The spectacle is ridiculous, so ridiculous that he is soon a victim not only of his unruly member but of pointing fingers, laughing voices. That is why the institution of censorship has to surround itself with secondary bans on the infringement of its dignity."

-J.M. Coetzee, Giving Offence.
(Quoted in this interesting censorship survey here.)

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