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banned books week 2013

The ALA’s Banned Books Week is starting today (September 22-28, 2013) so it seems appropriate there’s been an increase in articles about books and censorship in the States. A few notable recent examples include: the North Carolina challenge of Ralph Ellison’s The Invisible Man, the challenge of Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye in Alabama, the…

To mock a book-banner

Erna Paris, the Chair of the Writers’ Union of Canada, wrote an eloquent article about some recent Canadian examples of book challenges: In Canada, more than a hundred books have been challenged over the past two decades alone, in schools, in the courts, in libraries and in bookstores, but although they have been removed from…

Amazonfail

Amazon decided that in order to prevent “adult” titles from showing up on searches, it would remove the sales ranking of “adult” books. In large part, this is simply GLBT titles. According to Amazon, Heather has Two Mommies = adult. American Psycho is not. Books on queer history and Maurice by E. M. Forster (a…

links

Here’s some interesting links from this week.  I have some stuff to say about the manga/porn case (in sum: a fair chunk of some manga is porn, and that’s completely OK), but that will have to wait until I’ve got some more time. From Boing boing: Apple gets into the book banning business Apple’s refused…

freedom of icky speech

A beautifully articulate rant by Neil Gaiman on why we must defend stuff that we personally find icky: Freedom to write, freedom to read, freedom to own material that you believe is worth defending means you’re going to have to stand up for stuff you don’t believe is worth defending, even stuff you find actively…