Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Let's get busy

I should have mentioned this sooner, but this is Banned Books Week. Stand up --- or sit down if you prefer -- in support of the First Amendment and read a banned book. There are, unfortunately, plenty of great ones to choose from. If you need suggestions, here are the 10 most challenged books of 2006:
  • “And Tango Makes Three” by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, for homosexuality, anti-family, and unsuited to age group;
  • “Gossip Girls” series by Cecily Von Ziegesar for homosexuality, sexual content, drugs, unsuited to age group, and offensive language;
  • “Alice” series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor for sexual content and offensive language;
  • “The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things” by Carolyn Mackler for sexual content, anti-family, offensive language, and unsuited to age group;
  • “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison for sexual content, offensive language, and unsuited to age group;
  • “Scary Stories” series by Alvin Schwartz for occult/Satanism, unsuited to age group, violence, and insensitivity;
  • “Athletic Shorts” by Chris Crutcher for homosexuality and offensive language;
  • “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky for homosexuality, sexually explicit, offensive language, and unsuited to age group;
  • “Beloved” by Toni Morrison for offensive language, sexual content, and unsuited to age group; and
  • “The Chocolate War” by Robert Cormier for sexual content, offensive language, and violence.

Off the list this year, but on for several years past, are the “Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger, “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain. All are highly recommended by the Green Genius.

1 comment:

altony55 said...

To my knowledge none of those books were actually banned by the government. One book the government actually banned a few years ago that should be mentioned is "The Federal Mafia: How the Government Illegally Imposes and Unlawfully Collects Income Taxes." The author, Irwin Schiff, is now only enjoined from selling this book. But because Schiff feels the information in his book is so important, to get around this injunction, he is letting everyone read the complete book for free. You could download the PDF file at http://www.paynoincometax.com/federalmafia.htm

Here's what said about the book at that web page:

"The Federal Mafia [How the Government Illegally Imposes and Unlawfully Collects Income Taxes] exposes every facet of the government’s illegal enforcement of the income tax – and will convince you that Organized Crime in America begins with The Federal Government – which is why the federal government has enjoined me from selling the book, so now I'm posting it for FREE!

"The government doesn't want you to know what's in this book, so now you can download it for FREE! Just right click the button below, to save it on your computer. Please share it with everyone you know who will read it.

"Note: The entire book is FREE in acrobat format
"Click above to read this previously BANNED BOOK For FREE!

"Note: The Federal Mafia by Irwin Schiff, sold on this site for $42 plus shipping but now you can download it and read it for FREE.

"Irwin's graciously offering you this book for free because he's been banned from selling it since the government doesn't want you to learn what's in this book. So enjoy!

"When you read this book, you may want a vintage copy to read offline or to give as a gift to friends, so check Ebay and Amazon. It's very likely to become a collector's item since it's the first book we know of, to be banned in America."