A lifelong symbol disappears

Just shy of two years older than me, a symbol I’ve known all my life is disappearing. It’s the little thing on the cover of all the comic books I bought in my life, the stamp that read, “Approved by the Comics Code Authority.”

The Comics Code Authority stemmed in large part from Congressional hearings […]

Running amok around that word

At first, it was simply going to be a Weekend Edition item but then a contrasting item using the same phraseology I intended appeared, causing me to plunge into dangerous waters.

First was the news that a publisher is releasing an edition of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn that totally eliminates the word […]

Banned Books Week in review

There’s been quite a bit of coverage of Banned Books Week in the blogosphere and the mainline media. As the week comes to a close, I thought it worthwhile to post links to a few of my favorite bits this year:

Is it censorship if the government buys all the copies of a book and […]

Censorship irony almost painful

Index on Censorship bills itself as “Britain’s leading organisation promoting freedom of expression.” So it isn’t surprising it would be interested in the decision earlier this year by the Yale University Press to publish The Cartoons That Shook the World, an account of the uproar and riots that occurred in September 2005 when a Danish […]