Banned Books Finale
For the final entry of the week, I have to give a twenty-one gun salute to the poster child of banned books everywhere. In 1981 The Catcher in the Rye was both the most censored book and the second most taught book in public schools in the United States. The teaching part I get, but I’ve never been able to figure out what was so offensive about angry, mixed-up little Holden. To me, he was simply the logical forefather of John Bender.
“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.”