Bunnies and Book Burning

“If I can’t have you, no one can.”

How many times have we heard that sentence in those thrillers where some borderline psychotic can’t have the person they love, who has refused to return that love? It’s usually followed by some psychotic behavior. It’s an example of extortion, and it doesn’t just relate to love. It could also involve terrorism.

“If you don’t believe as we believe, we’ll kill thousands of innocent people.”

A bit extreme, but it’s in the same ball park. And then we have the case of Taffey Anderson, an Oregon parent who wants to burn books. Just like the Nazis did.

The book in question is “The Book of Bunny Suicides” by cartoonist (and television writer) Andy Riley. Incorrectly referred to as a graphic novel by the media (but when do they get anything right, or check their facts for that matter), it’s a cartoon book of black humor about bunnies who want to end their lives. It’s really no more harmful than anything by Gary Larson or Gahan Wilson, just tasteless is all, and depending on your sense of humor – hilarious. I think it’s hilarious. But again, humor is like taste, everyone’s is different.


Taffey Anderson doesn’t have a sense of humor when it comes to the book however. She contends that “This book has absolutely no curriculum value to anybody.” That point might be arguable. The book was purchased by her son’s high school library as part of a program to encourage reluctant readers. But of course, this is America, and I’m sure there are many folks who don’t want people to read. It makes them smarter, and a smart citizen is a smart voter… but that’s a whole ‘nother bag o’ rats.

I would say personally that the curriculum value of “The Book of Bunny Suicides” is quite clear. It’s about censorship and protecting the First Amendment.

Keep burning those books, Taffey. I’m sure Adolf Hitler would be proud.

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About Glenn Walker

Glenn Walker is a professional writer, and editor-in-chief and contributing writer at Biff Bam Pop!. A blogger, podcaster, and reviewer of pop culture in all its forms, he's done stints in radio, journalism and video retail. Ask him anything about movies, television, music, or especially comics or French fries, and you’ll be hard pressed to stump him or shut him up.

Posted on October 21, 2008, in andy riley, book burning, book of bunny suicides, nazis, taffey anderson. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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