29 September 2008

It's Banned Books Week!

We interrupt your regularly schedule knit blogging to bring you an important announcement: the American Library Association is celebrating Banned Books Week, 26 September - 4 October 2008. Hie thee to the library and check out some scandalous, inciting, dangerous books!

Celebrate the freedom to read!

Also, read Fahrenheit 451 if you have not already done so -- immediately, if not sooner. You can thank me later.

Top 100 Most Challenged Novels of the 20th Century

  • Ulysses, James Joyce
    Burned in the U.S. (1918), Ireland (1922), Canada (1922), England (1923) and banned in England (1929). Source: 3, p. 66; 5, pp. 328-30; 10, Vol. III, pp. 411-12; 557-58, 645

    (Just because you can't understand it is not reason to burn it. Lack of punctuation is not a reason, either, no matter how many commas are missing. There are, I have been assured by Mr Jasper Fforde, a number of literary detectives currently trying to locate the whereabouts of the missing punctuation.)

  • The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
    Burned in Alamagordo, N. Mex. (2001) outside Christ Community Church along with other Tolkien novels as satanic. Source: Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom, Mar. 2002, p. 61.

Apparently book-burning remains a popular activity, despite evidence that burning books does not make them go away. Please help stop this wanton destruction of work. READ A BANNED BOOK!

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