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Sara Paretsky talks about the war

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¢ Lawrence native and novelist Sara Paretsky writes about how the war in Iraq has affected her work in an essay in the [Chicago Tribune][1]. She recounts that she was asked to change a speech topic on the Patriot Act at the Toledo (Ohio) Public Library because event organizers thought the issue was too sensitive._ Confrontation scares me; when the Toledo library asked my speakers bureau to help rein me in, I thought seriously about changing my talk. Then I thought of the times -- too many of them -- that I had caved in to this kind of pressure, and remembered the sense of degradation I suffered afterward.When Disney made a movie based on my detective, I caved in to studio pressure not to talk about my experience with the moviemakers. When editors have cut scenes from my books that they found offensive, I've let it go without an argument. The many times as a young adult I let my parents veto any moves away from their authority still sit uneasy in my gut 40 years later.The lecture I planned to give in Toledo addressed issues of censorship and silence. If I let my voice be muffled, could I ever speak in public again?_ [1]: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/chi-0703310434apr01,1,4656315.story?coll=chi-opinionfront-hed

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Mike Blur 7 years, 9 months ago

To paraphrase Jello Biafra:

"You have the freedom of speech, as long as you say what we want you to say!"

KU_cynic 7 years, 9 months ago

A successful author whose books have been turned into a movie and who employs a speakers bureau to book her for public speaking events is susceptible to feelings of being stifled in her ability to write and speak (by editors who want her books to sell, by movie producers who want to maximize box office receipts, and by audiences that have paid her to speak)-- perhaps in part because of her upbringing by seemingly oppressive parents. But then she speaks out and writes as she pleases, including criticisms of the US government in a book available soon at a bookstore near you.

Only in America could such a triumph of the right to free speech and to sell one's ideas in the marketplace of ideas be reported with such sinister tones.

I'm sure she'll sell a lot of books . . .

Kam_Fong_as_Chin_Ho 7 years, 9 months ago

I never heard of this lady so I looked up her name and found out that she wrote a book which was then made into a Kathleen Turner film called V.I. Warshawski in 1991. Has anyone seen it? In any case, she seems to be a bit of an arriviste. Is her input that important? If so, let's hear what the authors of "Turner and Hooch" and "Weekend at Bernie's" have to say about the matter.

bevy 7 years, 9 months ago

Well, Fong, you show your ignorance of detective fiction here. Sarah Paretsky has written a very successful SERIES of books featuring V.I. Warshawski, a female "hard-boiled" type private eye. They are brilliant, both intriguing and funny. The movie was good only in the respect that they cast a great actress to play V.I. Other than that, they blew it. Comparing her to the "author" of Turner & Hooch is simply asinine.

She is also a Lawrence native, hence the interest here.

Cynic, her comments make it quite clear that she realizes that she writes for money. I believe the crux of her issue is whether writing for money means she should "sell out" or stifle her true feelings to please a specific audience.

bearded_gnome 7 years, 9 months ago

fong, I have read her books. very good detective fiction. disagree w/her politics but a darned good writer.

agree w/the Hawk^ this community needs a book fair, book expo whatever. we have great authors w/Lawrence connections.

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