This week is the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week, an annual event aimed at defending the First Amendment and celebrating our right to read whatever we choose. I won’t wax philosophic on the value of such an event. We all know that censorship is bad and freedom is good, and that it is the job of a parent to guide their child into the world of adulthood, not to challenge books that acknowledge the existence of said world. For those who don’t think censorship is still a problem in our tremendously enlightened age, perusing a list of frequently challenged books might surprise you (Where’s Waldo, really?). In honor of Banned Books Week, I am reading Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer. This is one of the most controversial books of the past century and has been in my ‘To Read’ stack for quite a while. Look for my review later this week, and in the meantime go read a banned book of your own. Comment and let me know what books you pick!
Banned Books Week– 9/24-10/1
26 Monday Sep 2011
Posted Literature, Randomin
I’m highlighting banned or challenged books on my blog. I’m reading Catcher in the Rye, Fahrenheit 451, and some children’s books that I can never understand why some would be banned.
Farenheit 451 is one of my all-time favorites! Thanks for taking the time to comment, it is greatly appreciated!
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