Re: [MothersForLiberty] Banned Books Week - September 23-30, 2006
- I have never posted to the group, but read the posts. As far as that list of banned books, I am not doubting what you say, but many of those books my kids have checked out at the school library and my daughter even had to read How To Eat Fried Worms for a class assignment. I wonder where thay got that list?Mellony B.If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is no recourse left but in the exertion of the original right of self-defense which is paramount to all forms of positive government.
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http://www.cafepress.com/libertees1776----- Original Message -----From: JanSent: Wednesday, September 27, 2006 11:19 PMSubject: [MothersForLiberty] Banned Books Week - September 23-30, 2006
Last September, we had invited a college librarian to speak at our
local Libertarian Chapter meeting on Banned Books week. Her
presentation proved very interesting and was followed by some lively
I came across this article (below) on Yahoo today which included a
list of books which have been dubbed the "25 Hottest Banned Books" -
thought it was worth posting for comment.
A Long Shelf Life
By Vera HC Chan
Fri, September 22, 2006
"Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not
love breathing." Harper Lee, "To Kill a Mockingbird"
Compelling as they are, some folks would rather you didn't read the
words above. The quote comes from a Pulitzer Prize-winning book
that's been denounced for so-called racial slurs and profanity, and
banished from school library shelves.
Irony never ceases, nor does the impulse toward censorship. But now
is a perfect time to celebrate books such as Lee's
masterpiece, "Ulysses," and "Heart of Darkness." Banned Books Week is
here and thumb-nosing librarians and freedom-loving bookstore owners
are celebrating the 25th anniversary of reading verboten material.
The American Library Association keeps an accounting of objectionable
reads. We curled up with a good computer to check which forbidden
pages still beckon readers and searchers.
"Harry Potter" (Series) (J.K. Rowling)
"To Kill a Mockingbird" (Harper Lee)
"The Color Purple" (Alice Walker)
"The Outsiders" (S.E. Hinton)
"Lord of the Flies" (William Golding)
"Of Mice and Men" (John Steinbeck)
"Goosebumps" (Series) (R.L. Stine)
"How to Eat Fried Worms" (Thomas Rockwell)
"The Catcher in the Rye" (J.D. Salinger)
"The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" (Mark Twain)
"The Giver" (Lois Lowry)
"Brave New World" (Aldous Huxley)
"The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" (Mark Twain)
"Captain Underpants" (Dav Pilkey)
"The Anarchist Cookbook" (William Powell)
"Carrie" (Stephen King)
"Flowers for Algernon" (Daniel Keyes)
"The Dead Zone" (Stephen King)
"I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" (Maya Angelou)
"Go Ask Alice" (anonymous)
"American Psycho" (Bret Easton Ellis)
"The Chocolate War" (Robert Cormier)
"James and the Giant Peach" (Roald Dahl)
"The Pigman" (Paul Zindel)
"A Wrinkle in Time" (Madeleine L'Engle)
- Mellony wrote: ... many of those books my kids have checked out at
the school library and my daughter even had to read How To Eat Fried
Worms for a class assignment. I wonder where they got that list?
The librarian who spoke at our Libertarian Chapter meeting last year
said the list comes from a combination of sources such as reports
made by individuals/groups directly to the American Library
Association, newspaper sources, etc... the ALA then documents these
bannings. Also, to be considered a banned book - a book does not have
to be universally banned - it can simply be banned in one
Another question often asked is "Who bans these books?" The answer -
libraries, schools, colleges, communities, governments ... every year
there are hundreds of attempts to remove books from libraries and
schools as well as pressure put on retail bookstores NOT to stock
In addition, there is also a list of frequently Challenged Books and
Challenged Authors. A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict a
book and/or materials, based upon the objections of a person or
group. A banning is the actual REMOVAL of said book/materials.
Challenges are more than a person simply expressing a point of view;
but an attempt to remove material from a curriculum or library, etc
and restricting access to it.
- Monica wrote: I didn't see Irwin Schiff's book that the U.S.
government has forbidden him to continue to publish or sell!!
The list of books I posted only contained those which had been
recently dubbed the "25 Hottest Banned Books". Also, here's the ALA's
list of the top 100 most frequently challenged books:
That said, thanks for bringing up Irvin Schiff's book - I was unaware
of this and have done a bit of surfing the web in an attempt to learn
more. Below are some links I came across.
For more info on Irvin Schiff:
Could you comment some more on this?
- --- In MothersForLiberty@yahoogroups.com, "Jan" <libertyjan@...>
> Monica wrote: I didn't see Irwin Schiff's book that the U.S.
> government has forbidden him to continue to publish or sell!!
> The list of books I posted only contained those which had been
> recently dubbed the "25 Hottest Banned Books". Also, here's the
>>It really was just a quip. I realize you were discussing the
> Could you comment some more on this?
> Thanks much!
libraries list that they were "celebrating" this month. Whether
Irwin is an idiot or a genius, it just seems wrong that the
government would decide for everyone (I guess the US citizens are
the idiots) that Schiff's "Federal Mafia" can't be sold. This is a
bit different than banned books but still a free speech issue. And
the government knowing once again what is "best" for us.