Tuesday, April 14, 2009

"The Joy of Censorship" at Shoreline Library on April 13th 2009

The crowd settles in before the show

Joe poses with the latest issue of MAD Magazine

Joe Raiola, senior editor for MAD Magazine

If you didn't make it to Shoreline Library last night you missed a very entertaining and informative presentation by Joe Raiola. Joe is a senior editor at MAD Magazine and he gave a talk called "The Joy of Censorship."

There were about 80 people in the audience. The room was pretty much full. Before the presentation we enjoyed cookies and coffee and everyone got a free issue of the latest MAD Magazine (the 500th issue!)

Joe talked about censorship in the United States and the history of MAD Magazine. Turns out MAD Magazine first came into existence because of censorship - it's an interesting story. There was a little music (Joe sang a blues song called "I put the prophet in a pancake"), a slide show presentation, and a Question and Answer session. Then Joe hung around afterward to talk to people individually, pose for photos, and sign autographs.

It was an informative and entertaining evening of rollicking, free-speech fun!

Thanks so much to the Shoreline branch of KCLS for having this presentation. If you were there, please post your thoughts to the comments section!

Link to Joe Raiola's website

Link to MAD Magazine

Link to see the gesture Joe calls "Almost Obscene"

Link to article about this event at The Enterprise newspaper

1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed it tremendously. Joe is an entertaining speaker. This is such fertile ground; I only wish there had been more time for a broader survey. Thanks to the library for this great opportunity.