The other day I Bowdlerized specific words from K. I purged K. once before, in 2002. I was making friends at my son’s wedding with a friend of my daughter-in-law: head of an English Department at some major southern university. For example I moved my several dozen “sex” stories to an anonymous blog: eradicated from K. It was a mistake; but I haven’t undone it. Losing my eyesight, I’ll never be able to. This time the dogs of decency have their jaws around my throat: all with regard to my driving woes, see NJ / FL / pk Menu. I’m charged with a criminal violation. The judge has assigned me a pro bono attorney. By the time I make an appointment to explain my case to her, I want to tone down some of my many triggers that might set my one defender against me. So: I’ve bowlderized a couple of words, prefered the obscenity to the plain AngloSaxon English. Recognize, its isn’t Chaucer or Shakespeare or DH Lawrence who run the censors; it’s nobody, the censors rule.
Imagine, Mark Twain wants his masterpiece, Huck Finn, to live. But the racists are saying that his free American English, accurate, use of the N-word: and they’ve already slandered it, pulled it from school libraries, defaced it, stolen it from, public libraries … Imagine, Twain gives us, he’ll e-publish a bowdlerized Huck. In my case, if I survive, until I’ altogether blind, I can put it all back. The public will have the Bowdlerized version: I’ll still have the real version.
I fact I think I’ll next Bowdlerize my own N-words, perennially a favorite symbol for me.
But: I had also better tone down my utterly true accusations against my hypocritical society. For instance, where I say “US”, meaning censorious lynch mob, I may substitute Washi’ Chu, the Lakota word for white man: greedy pig. But, I searched my posts, the engine lumped US, us together: thousands of uses. It’s too late there, my trial resumes this Aug 22.
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