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"A mind lively and at ease" is a blog by a first-generation Russian-Ukrainian immigrant Maria K. (Maria Igorevna Kuroshchepova). An engineer by education, an analyst by trade, as well as a writer, photographer, artist and amateur model, Maria brings her talent for weaving an engaging narrative to stories of life, fashion and style advice, book and movie reviews, and common-sense and to-the-point essays on politics and economy.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

The open letter to Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords

Dear Mr. Coker,

This is to inform you that I am pulling all of my books from Smashwords effective immediately, as a result of the new policy regarding censorship of erotic and other literature dictated to you by PayPal.

Do you read history, sir? Are you aware that it is not possible, for instance, to write a book about history of Egyptian religion without mentioning incest? You are aware, surely, that Osiris and Isis - the two gods that figure prominently in Egyptian lore - were brother and sister who mated in the womb of their mother, with Isis born already pregnant with their son Horus.

Does it occur to you that homosexual sex and incest were common and widely accepted in Ancient Rome? So, writing a book about Ancient Rome and avoiding that subject matter is not possible, if it is to be historically accurate.

Bestiality was often a part of religious initiation rituals in Mesopotamia, did you know that?

Books about every period of human history, especially books about wars include rape - not for titillation, but if someone reports such a book to be in violation of your new TOS, who is to prove otherwise? Did you even think about that?

Oh, no! You were too busy simpering before PayPal. You couldn't find it in you to take a stance for the First Amendment and the rights of the authors who, incidentally, put money into your pockets - and more so than into their own. You couldn't set up electronic payments directly to people's accounts. No. That would require effort on your part - it is so much easier to just cave in and take pride in how moral you are.

Very well then - enjoy your high moral standards and watch your inventory melt away.

Respectfully,
Maria K.

2 comments:

Sessha Batto said...

Hear hear! an excellent and well worded rebuttal - thank you for your eloquence, Maria!

Anonymous said...

Standing up for freedom. Well done.