A night of freedom and performance in The Pub
By Heather Penn
Sun Star Reporter
A lone microphone stood silent at center stage, but gradually it called to people to come and share.
This past wednesday, UAF’s pub hosted an event commemorating past banned books. Students, teachers, librarians and the like listened as excerpts were recited from their favorite banned tales. The event, hosted by senior Journalism major Annie Bartholomew, was praised as “an overall success.”
Books perhaps forgotten or unknown by some had their chance to shine briefly. Theodore Hooker chose “Howl” by Allen Ginsberg as his recitation.
“This excerpt has always had meaning for me, I only read for a minute but it was a good minute, it was one of my favorite parts,” Hooker said.
Of course there were the ever popular readings of classics like “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” and “Tom Sawyer,” but a 4-minute reading from “Slaughterhouse-Five” by Kurt Vonnegut seemed to draw the most interest.
Dystopian classics like “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury and “A Handmaidens Tale” by Margaret Atwood also made their ways to the microphone.
Some chose not to perform. UAF graduate student Robert Liebermann, was there to, “hang out with friends, drink some beers, and listen.”
Liebermann found his diamond in the rough at the free table, referring to the “Vegetation Maps“, 3rd and 4th editions.
“These are like porn to a Microbiologist,” he said. “It was a great find.”
Books were donated by Angry Young And Poor.
By the end of the night, the pile had somewhat diminished, and again the microphone stood alone.