Tuesday Thingers: Banned Books Week

For this week’s Tuesday Thingers, I’ve copied the list of the most-challenged books of the 1990s straight from the ALA website. Highlight what you’ve read, and italicize what you have in your [Library Thing] library.

Because many of the books are aimed at school-age children, I haven’t read and don’t own a lot of […]

Musing Mondays: What I done been reading

This week’s Musing posits several questions so they’re presented separately.

What are you reading right now?

I’m just finishing Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith.

Why are you reading what you’re reading? Pleasure? For review? Something else?

I’m reading it for pleasure because it made the Man Booker Prize longlist, it’s set in Stalinist […]

Book Review: Dumbocracy by Marty Beckerman

If the title of Marty Beckerman’s latest book doesn’t clue you in on where he’s coming from, he erases any doubt with the first sentence. “Opinions are like genitals: if you force others to swallow yours, something is seriously wrong with you.”

Since Dumbocracy: Adventures with the Loony Left, the Rabid Right, and Other American […]

Weekend Edition: 9-27

Bulletin Board

Some artists go to Wal-Mart. Bob Dylan goes to NPR. Beginning at midnight Monday, NPR will be streaming the entirety of Dylan’s forthcoming Tell Tale Signs. The two-disc set is the eighth volume of Dylan’s bootleg series and will be officially released Oct. 7.

Today is Museum Day, which means that if you […]

Marking Banned Books Week

Tomorrow marks the beginning of this year’s Banned Books Week, which runs through October 4. According to the American Library Association, more than 400 books were challenged last year.

In honor of Banned Books Week, here’s the 10 most challenged titles last year and the reasons why. It is plainly an appropriate time to […]