Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Banned Book Week

This week, the American Library Association is promoting the right to read anything we want. No fan of censorship, I like the idea. Various libraries have displays of banned or threatened books. I imagine it's a big thing in some schools.

Have you heard of this peaceful protest? I'd like to know what you think of the idea. Any suggestions on such a book I should read?

8 comments:

  1. I love this custom of theirs. I think freedom of expression is a necessary part of an enlightened society.

    Have you read any of the books on their list? It would be interesting to have a book group on them.

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  2. I like your idea. I haven't read any of them since I was a student, from what I've seen. It's time to rectify that. I love the library mascot of a smiling robot holding a book amidst a bunch of nonsmiling automotons. :)

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  3. Always scary to me when others try to dictate what someone else should be reading. Read a banned book today! :)

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  4. I've heard of it, and I think it's a wonderful idea! I am not very familiar with the content of the list itself, although I would imagine that the m/m stories I read (and write) would certainly qualify.

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  5. Definitely a good idea, but one that doesn't get near the publicity it should outside schools, libraries and bookstores. For the past several years I've set myself a reading goal of at least four classics a year. Last year I (finally) got round to "1984" and can honestly say I appreciated it more than I would have had I read it in HS (our class read "Animal Farm" while other's read "1984"). Also read and enjoyed "Summer" by Edith Wharton, which I'm sure has been challenged for sexual content. This year's classic selections have been more benign.

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  7. A book club based on banned books would certainly be interesting. It was sad to see so many books I either know about or have read make the list in the past couple years. (I should really proofread better...sorry about the deleted comment)

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