If I hadn’t secreted Slaughterhouse-Five away from my older sister’s Vonnegut collection when I was 14, I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed school or reading or sarcasm as much as I did. By the time my abduction of her collection was found out (she came across a rain-soaked copy of Player Piano and moved the whole thing elsewhere), I had already stormed through most of his novels, the great and the good. But it all started with Slaughterhouse Five…

Galleycat posted this earlier today:

In an inspiring response to censorship, the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library will give away up to 150 free copies of Slaughterhouse Five to high school students in Republic, Missouri.

The school board voted to ban Kurt Vonnegut‘s book from the high school library along with Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler. If you believe in this cause, the museum is asking for donations to help pay for shipping for the books. Follow this link to donate.


Of course, by banning Slaughterhouse-Five, the high school board has assured that this book might be one of the few their students WILL ACTUALLY READ. Everything, even literature, is cooler when it’s against the rules. Donating is basically like buying beer for underage kids, but not illegal, and they’ll think you’re just as badass.

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