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forty-two: libraries

illlogoThere was a rotten snarkpiece in the Washington Post at the beginning of the Africa Leaders Summit last month, a really dumb review of Chantal Biya's hair. If anyone at WaPo is wondering why I let my subscription lapse, that article will be among the reasons: it was pointless fluff about an otherwise interesting character. I learned a lot about her from her Wikipedia page before it was edited, but if you go there now you can still read a very mild account of the Bertrand Teyou "incident". Teyou wrote a biography of Biya and was jailed for it.

I wanted to read that book. It was never officially banned, but most of the copies were destroyed. WorldCat shows only two: one in the Netherlands, one in the Library of Congress. It wouldn't be too difficult to wander over to the LoC, but I sent an interlibrary loan request and what do you know? They delivered—during Banned Book Week, no less. It'll take me a while to get through it; it's short, but I'm up to my ears in work and school and, er, social commitments through Sunday.

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simonator
Sep. 27th, 2014 12:56 am (UTC)
not related to what you wrote, but considering the icon that you used and the heading...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HbSOZcfu2Y
koralleen
Sep. 28th, 2014 01:22 pm (UTC)
Argh! "This video is not available," but from the caption I can tell that it's awesome.
simonator
Sep. 28th, 2014 01:26 pm (UTC)
Try googleing "librarian" and "sabatoge"
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