People Behaving Badly, or Can We Get an Adult in the Room?

James LaRue


Shut Up! (self-published 2016; ISBN 978-1-5333-8233-7) is a self-published book about a war between authors Megan Fox and Kevin DuJan and the Orland Park Public Library (OPPL)—except mostly, it isn’t. That modest story really doesn’t require 651 pages. On this topic, in the words attributed to Ambrose Bierce, “The covers of this book are too far apart.”

What does fill the pages, then? There are many words of praise for people hailed as “great conservatives, writers, and pundits” such as Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, and Andrew Breitbart (to whom the book is dedicated). On the other hand, the authors believe that even the people they describe as good, honest, unfailingly truth-seeking conservative talk radio hosts are just too timid to withstand the oppressive, unscrupulous importunities of the liberal left. Welcome, again, to the culture wars.

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Lauren Zumbach, “Orland Park Library to Pay $55K to Settle Lawsuits Related to Internet Porn,” Chicago Tribune, March 19, 2015,

Order, Bittman v. Fox, No. 14C 08191 (N.D. Ill. May 16, 2016),

United States v. American Library Association, Inc., 539 U.S. 194 (2003).

Miller v. California, 413 U.S. 15 (1973).

Counts v. Cedarville School District, 295 F. Supp. 2d 996 (W.D. Ark. 2003).



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