New Head, Mission for Banned Books Week
Sean Spicer, press secretary at the beginning of the Trump administration, held an impromptu press conference late yesterday to announce that, to his surprise, he's been appointed executive director of Banned Books Week, an event held every September that usually highlights titles censored by people and groups Spicer is part of.
Since his White House departure, Spicer has written a memoir and promoted it at BookExpo, and competed on Dancing with the Stars, surviving eight weeks before being voted off.
"Hey, I'm as shocked as you," he said. Zooming on his iPhone with Shelf Awareness from his basement man cave ("the bunker," as he called it) and pointing to his pandemic stay-at-home attire, which included pajama bottoms. "See, I didn't have time to get dressed up properly."
Spicer attributed his appointment to "someone's warped sense of diversity," but emphasized that he welcomes the challenge and intends to hold the post longer than he did his position as White House press secretary. He also made claims to being less crazy than the crazy wing of the Republican Party, noting, "Sean's an anagram for sane!"
"I've got many plans," he continued excitedly. "More plans than the previous director. Many more plans than any previous director. Look at the pictures! Look at the social media hittings!"
Among those plans, the most striking is changing the name of Banned Books Week to Ban Books Week. "It's in the spirit of the times," he explained. "Censoring books is an area where many people in our divided country can find common ground."
He cited J.K. Rowling as just one example of this. "I hear she's being attacked from the left for reasons I don't quite get, but that's cool," he said. "We on the right have long disliked her for promoting witchcraft and devil worship. As everyone should know by now, we're totally against witchcraft, and although we do engage in devil worship, it's limited to the most recent former president. Anyway, it's great to wave a wand and make Harry Potter vanish from bookshelves."
Ban Books Week will now include lists of titles to avoid stocking as well as book clubs that don't read banned books, Spicer continued. "People can go straight to the booze and not pretend they've read the assigned books." He added that a potential advantage of the new book club approach is "it'll probably attract a lot more men than the usual book club format."