I would be remiss if I did not mention that it is officially Banned Books Week.
Where would we be if we were not able to read the things we want to read – or a minimal learn about – or write the things we want to write – or at minimal not be afraid to put down on paper? Of course, we don’t have to agree with what everyone puts out there, but how bored, how backward, how diminished we would all be if people couldn’t share their thoughts.
Here is a link to a small piece the incomparable Bill Moyers did on the subject. (Here)
Here is a short list of some books that have been banned or challenged at one time or another. Can you imagine not being able to read these titles?
The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
2. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
3. The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
4. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
5. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
6. Ulysses, by James Joyce
7. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
8. The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
9. 1984, by George Orwell
11. Lolita, by Vladmir Nabokov
12. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
15. Catch-22, by Joseph Heller
16. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
17. Animal Farm, by George Orwell
18. The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway
19. As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner
20. A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway
(compliments of ala.org)