Water~Stone Reading

If you’re in the mood for some fantastic prose and poetry, head over to Hamline University at 7:00 tonight for the Water~Stone publication reading. And if you need another reason to go, it’s at the beautiful, new Anderson Center this year.  

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 . . . 

Banned Books Vol. 4

This is my favorite, hands down. In late 1998, Fahrenheit 451 was removed from the required reading list of the West Marion High School in Foxworth, Mississippi. A parent complained of the use of the words “God damn,” so the superintendent instructed the teacher to remove the book from the required reading list. You call it . . . 

Banned Books Vol.3

Today’s selection comes to us courtesy of yesterday’s idea–banning dictionaries. In 1978, an Eldon, Missouri library banned the dictionary because it contained 39 “objectionable” words. And, in 1987, the Anchorage School Board banned the dictionary for similar reasons, i.e., having slang definitions for words such as “bed,” “knocker,” and “balls.” And for our selection: id·i·o·cy . . . 

Banned Books Vol.2

Today’s selection comes to us courtesy of twenty-one school libraries in Buda, Texas that banned this book after a parent’s complaint. The basis of the complaint seems to be that the text includes definitions of words such as rape, incest, sexual assault, and intercourse. Perhaps these libraries should look into banning the dictionary too, then. At . . .