Curtis Wilkie & Jim Dees

Curtis Wilkie worked for the Boston Globe from 1975 until 2000. He has served as a visiting professor of journalism at the University of Mississippi since 2002 and was named the first Overby Fellow with the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics at the University of Mississippi in 2007. Besides writing books, he has published several articles in national magazines such as Newsweek, The New Republic, and George. He graciously shared with us his thoughts on censorship.

On the façade of the building where I work on the Ole Miss campus — the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics — there is an engraving of the freedoms guaranteed under our First Amendment.  To censor, ban or burn any book represents a challenge to this fundamental right Americans enjoy.

Thank you, Curtis!

Jim Dees is the author of Lies and Other Truths, a collection of essays, and the editor of They Write Among Us, an anthology of Oxford writers. He is also the host of Thacker Mountain Radio, an Oxford-based music and literature program. He shared this with us:

Americans are just ornery enough to jump into action when we’re told we can’t do something, as the British learned in 1776. The “Thought Police” will never succeed in censorship because, unfortunately for them, our heads are connected to our hearts. Here’s hoping they continue to “ban” certain books. In this way we know exactly what to read next.

Thank you, Jim!

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