Thursday, October 04, 2012

Banned Books Week

This is Banned Books Week:

Banned Books Week

And here’s a page with information about the most frequently challenged books:

Frequently Challenged Books

It’s especially interesting to read the reasons why various books on a list of selected classics have been challenged or banned:

Challenged Classics

I concede that it makes sense to be selective about texts required for student reading in classrooms, because of age-appropriate considerations. But banning a book from public libraries is just wrong. Not to mention that, in many cases, the would-be censors have serious missing-the-point problems. BRAVE NEW WORLD makes promiscuous sex look like fun? No, actually, it makes that look like a pretty pathetic lifestyle for supposedly intelligent adults. In fact, a major theme of the novel is that the characters may be having “fun” but aren’t living fully human lives. Orwell’s 1984—pro-Communist? Huh?

Margaret L. Carter

Carter's Crypt

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