In honor of Banned Books Week, I thought it would be fun to send "My Anxiety Wants Ice Cream" to the Ministries of the most oppressive governments in the world. So I sent 14 copies (a couple of weeks before Banned Books Week) to various governments around the globe with laws that openly reject several of the themes outlined within my mini-book. What a fun way to celebrate the week!
As a librarian and as a writer, I do not believe in censorship and believe all materials, on all subjects, should be available to all people.
I didn't think I'd get a response - and am extremely pleased and pleasantly surprised.
I received the email yesterday - electronically signed by Abdel Fattah al-Burhan. ______________________ I'd like to sincerely thank the Ministry of the Republic of the Sudan for being the first country to officially ban "My Anxiety Wants Ice Cream".
It is an honor for "My Anxiety Wants Ice Cream" to stand on the shoulders of other previously banned giants of literature, like, "To Kill a Mockingbird", "Catcher in the Rye", and James Joyce's "Ulysses".
Yes - I think I just lumped my mini-book into the same noteworthiness as "Ulysses". But, I totally see the similarities.
It feels good to have written a piece of work that is getting international attention and it is fun to know that at least one Sudanese government official knows the name "Jimmy Broccoli" and cared enough (to send the very best) to respond to my gift of poetry.
This adventure has 1 fan in England, a few dozen fans in the United States, and one really angry official in the Republic of the Sudan. My work is going worldwide and I'm thoroughly enjoying the ride!