Ideas are incombustible: Banned Books Week 2009


Banned Books Week 2009 is set for September 26 through October 3.

Which banned book will you read just to poke the eye of the censors, and to wave the flag of freedom and liberty?

Ellen Hopkins wrote several controversial books, including Burned which is out of favor in Pocatello, Idaho, close to my birthplace.*  She has written a Banned Books Week Manifesto, which she recites in the video.  You can read an interview with Ms. Hopkins at the site of the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC).

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*  Does Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub have any readers in Pocatello?  Pocatello readers:  Do you know of anyplace you can get a copy of Burned to read, in Pocatello?

Banned Books Week resources:

Encourage others to read banned books, too:

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2 Responses to Ideas are incombustible: Banned Books Week 2009

  1. Nick Kelsier says:

    Sounds rather like when our former AG decided to put a drape in front of the statues at the DOJ building.

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  2. Beth Katz says:

    When a travelling play version of “Oh Calcutta” appeared in Greenville, South Carolina many years ago, several of us went just to support the freedom to have it performed. The play has some graphic sexual content. I believe the district attorney insisted that a sheet be held in front of the most explicit portions.

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