Banned Books Week: 50 banned books that everyone should read

As part of the posts this week in support of — and in the futile hope of eliminating the need for — Banned Books Week, here’s one opinion on 50 banned books everyone should read.

The list is broken down by categories and while I may not necessarily agree with a particular book’s placement in […]

Banned Books Week: No book is immune from book banners

Think the fact a book is a classic or widely respected grants it protection from book banners? Think again.

In 1998, the Radcliffe Publishing Course, now the Columbia Publishing Course at Columbia University, announced its selections for the 100 best English language novels of the 20th Century. According to the American Library Association, nearly half […]

Banned Books Week Manifesto

As the first in this week’s series of posts in honor of Banned Books Week, which runs today through October 3, I thought it appropriate to post the entirety of the manifesto written by Ellen Hopkins for the event. Ironically, as I noted a week ago, someone is trying to get one of her […]

Weekend Edition: 9-26

Bulletin Board

Today kicks off Banned Books Week, which runs through October 3. In recognition of it, I will have a post each day related to banned books. More important, as MobyLives says, make sure to “stop by your local bookstore and invest in a book that somebody out there is afraid that you’ll read.”


Friday Follies 1.14

Ouch!! A federal judge not only denied a motion because it was “riddled with unprofessional grammatical and typographical errors that nearly render the entire Motion incomprehensible,” the judge put handwritten corrections on the pleading and ordered the attorney who filed it to send a copy of the corrections to his client.

Of course, you could […]