July 18, 2007
Question of the Day
This is actually yesterday’s QotD from Shakesville, but I’m still curious as to people’s answers:
We’re looking at thirty hours of Senate debate on the Iraq war, during which everyone on the right side of the aisle is going to have to find something to say, lest they actually be forced to cast a decisive vote on the matter. Traditionally, that means by about four a.m. tomorrow, the junior senator from your state will be reduced to reading from the phone book, or Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, or God forbid, The Weekly Standard. So here’s my question: if you were a senator who needed something to read to the audience on C-Span in order to kill time, what would you read?
Here’s my initial response:
1. Howard Zinn: People’s History of the U.S.
2. Leslie Marmon Silko: Almanac of the Dead
3. John Steinbeck: Grapes of Wrath (first mentioned by NameChanged)
4. George Orwell: 1984 (first mentioned by Kathy)
Other thoughts include the Constitution plus amendments, a list of U.S citizens killed in Iraq since the declaration of “mission accomplished,” and/or other banned books (I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, The Bluest Eye, Slaughterhouse-Five, The Handmaid’s Tale, To Kill A Mockingbird…).