Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Biggest reasons for banning books

What are the biggest reasons for banning books?  Sex is definitely the biggest reason: If you look at the list of 2012's most commonly challenged books, eight out of ten list sex as a reason.  (I consider "homosexuality" as being related to sex, by the way, so I included And Tango Makes Three as one of the eight.  It's related, if you think about it.  The Victorian-like resistance to sex in culture wants it to be kept behind closed doors, and the very acknowledgement of homosexuals' existence inherently implies sex.)

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Is it literature's responsibility to teach morals?

As it happens every year, I found out that it was Banned Books Week this year when I spotted an article about it.  It's usually NPR that I find out through, and this year the article was Banned Romance: What's So Bad About Happily Ever After?

Monday, September 23, 2013

Banned Books Week: Other resources

If you are looking for a book to read to celebrate Banned Books Week, here are some other resources to help you with your search.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Happy Banned Books Week!

Every year Banned Books Week sneaks up on me -- usually I find out mid-week, when it's almost too late to read a challenged book in celebration.  This year I got lucky: This morning I happened to see a headline mentioning it today, the first day of Banned Books Week.

Yes, it's already that time again!