Tuesday, September 30, 2008


Banned Books

American Library Association

click on the 2 links above 4 more

Amazing this still happens.

With peoples attitudes and the events of
the day, I shouldn't be surprised this
still occurs, but I am.


bitchlet said...

I want more details.

tut-tut said...

Talk to Gov. Pain; she's got a list, I've heard . . . :(

R.L. Bourges said...

From a quick read of the links, it appears "sexual content" and "offensive language " are the two main reasons people want books banned. Gratuitous violence and silencing of dissident opinions don't seem to bother the book banners at all. Interesting.

Kurt said...

I would love to ban some books, mostly bad books that teachers make students read.

Squirrel said...

I recall my English teachers taking all kinds of novels and true crime stories away from kids. Just saying the the book was trash... a parent or guardian would have to show up in his office to get the book back--I really doubt if any kid would ask his mom or dad to go and get a paperback novel back!! But it still felt wrong, like we couldn't read "In Cold Blood" by Capote. Underground comics were confiscated like they were subversive. We didn't use book bags, so teachers could just look through the books we were carrying with us. reading OPE never would have been allowed.

The teachers probably had interesting personal libraries.

tony said...

Talking About UnderGround Magazines.what A Shame we dont have more subversive Magazines (& websites for that matter) these days............With the Power to provoke & inspire and cause Anger towards those in "Authority" .Where Have All The Young Rebels gone?

Coffee Messiah said...

bitchlet: I hope you recognized the links.

t & t: Amazing isn't it? ; (

rlb: Interesting too, because there seems to be no problems with TV and the Movies showing that around here, just Books. Perplexing to say the least.

kurt: Be careful, I heard OPE may be on that list. ; (

squirrel: Weird it all is and backwards too.

tony: I wonder the same thing, but think they're all playing subversive Video Games at home. ; (

robin andrea said...

It amazes me that people think that they can stop the inventive and questioning mind by banning books. It is a losing proposition. The words are out there, and always will be. Knowledge cannot be stopped, thwarted perhaps, but not stopped.

Joanne said...

I often find myself saying, based on things I see, "It's 2008, isn't it?" We often don't seem to have come very far.

Bob Dylan said...

Sometimes it feels like the 1950s --when reading about recently banned books is one of those times.

"To choose a good book, look in an inquisitor’s prohibited list." -- John Aikin

mouse (aka kimy) said...

banned books week is truly one of my favorite weeks! thanks for the reminder.

Coffee Messiah said...

robin: The psychology of it never seems to work. Wonder why they continue this effort at all.

joanne: I'm with you on that one.

bd: This and the "terrorist" are coming make it easy to feel as if we're back in the 50s. ; (

kimy: There's simply too much going on, to remember every event of the day.

Merle Sneed said...

Its interesting that human nature's instinct is to squash what they don't agree with. The attempts to ban ideas are all around us everyday.

On the left, on the right and in the middle are those who would try to silence.

Coffee Messiah said...

merle: Yep!