Saturday, August 19, 2006

Banned Books Week 2006

Quote used on the site:
β€œDon't join the book burners . . . .” β€” Dwight D. Eisenhower, President of the United States, 1953–1961.

Instead, thumb your nose at those that would like to stifle others' access to these books by picking a banned book and reading it.

The ALA put a nice list of 100 most frequently challenged books of 1990-2000 here.

Geez, a Wrinkle in Time? Strange. I don't get it. I read that in maybe fourth or fifth grade. James & the Giant Peach I really don't get, but last I read that, I was maybe in third grade. Must have been something like Potter where some church ladies got their toes stepped on - even if they don't actually read the flippin' thing.

And the Anarchist Cookbook, LOL. I used to actually have a copy of that. Whatever you might have heard about it is probably wrong. Read some of the reviews over at Amazon if you want to get a clearer picture. Someone calls it a period piece, and that's about right. I read it in the late 80's and got a good laugh out of it for the anachronisms if nothing else. The goofy ideology was funny, too.

All the sex-related ones are no surprise, of course. There are always some wingnuts out there that will get their moral outrage into overdrive at: Janet Jackson's breast, the "gay agenda", and Clinton and Monica.

There is a grat new Banned Books Week poster featuring art from my new book, The American Story, available from the American Booksellers Foundation for Freedom of Expression --
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