To all who helped with my question on close-up books, thank you. I have enjoyed reading people's thoughts on this board in the past and really appreciate the responses to my rank amateur questions!
Unwittingly, I think I got caught in between a dispute between Richard and Clay. It was a truly innocent observation on my reading of his post on a collectors's duties. I was content to stay out of that dispute since Richard obviously didn't like what Clay had to say.
But I don't like being treated like a dummy, either. I know the difference between editing and censorship, Mr. Kaufman, and I don't like being told that I don't know the difference. I've taught English and Civics for 43 years.
For what it's worth, I found Clay's general question very interesting and refreshing--who cares about David Copperfield! It seems like he bent over backwards to say that he was defending Mr. Copperfield, not attacking him. And if my memory is correct, he even wrote that he hoped people would focus on the general question and not on Mr. Copperfield.
I wouldn't have stuck my nose in this mess had you not insulted me, Mr. Kaufman, and treated me like some sort of knucklehead. I don't understand the haughtiness, but I don't think it's a positive thing. And this is the way you treated Mr. Shevlin, I might add, by dismissing his topic as "assinine" and then basically telling him he was insincere and not giving him a chance to respond. It was rude and uncalled for.
As Clay wrote above, this is your board. But I wish you would exercise a bit less imperious of a touch. This is the last time I will visit this board.