Why Am I Afraid to Tell You Who I Am?

Why am I afraid to tell you who I am coverWhy Am I Afraid to Tell You Who I Am?

Submitter: This well loved 1969 copy of John Powell of the Society of Jesus – Why Am I Afraid To Tell You Who I Am is filled with underlining and other notations from some past perplexed borrower. Still in print today and time for this copy to move on. Included the creepy clown picture for Mary…

Holly: Nothing wrong with learning to be more emotionally open and communicate better, but could we please not mark up library books?

Mary: Maybe the next printing(s) could lose the creepy clown. Note to publishers: may I suggest a no clowns policy especially in self-help or religious themed material.

always changing the real person

clownwhen I repress my emotions my stomach keeps score  Exteriority


    1. Clowns with stubble are supposed to be hobos, so should be abolished in general for being about 75+ years out of date, and because if they were translated to the present day, they would be homeless people caricatures.

  1. I believe that’s a picture of Emmett Kelly, one of the most important comedians of the Twentieth Century (how do the anti-clown crowd feel about Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin?).

    1. (Personal answer) Chaplin and Keaton, who I have not watched much, didn’t have the really grotesque makeup and dress of the stereotypical “clown”. Marcel Marceau didn’t either, that I remember. It’s ones like the Evil Clown of Middletown that set the “anti-clown crown” off.

    2. Keaton and Chaplin were not just clowns but athletes and professional actors. I’d not lump them in with Emmett Kelly (whom I would not term a comedian anyway). But the ones I would run from are the Three Stooges.

  2. No clowns. Particularly Clowns For Jesus, which is doubly creepy.

    This cover is peak 1969. They should have made whoever wrote in it pay for a new one.

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