Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Banned Books Week
Did you know that September 25th marked the beginning of Banned Books Week? In commemoration of the week, you can visit your local library and tell a librarian how much you love him or her; you can visit your local independent bookstore, purchase a banned book and tell them how much you love them or just pick up a banned book that you might own and fondle it lovingly.
I'm staring, right now, at my copy of Maurice Sendak's In the Night Kitchen, stunned that it was banned. I read it near nightly to both my sons when they were small, and we all delighted, positively DELIGHTED in the plight of the boy dreaming, falling through space, losing his clothes, all in the night kitchen.
I've been striving for moderation of late, and tolerance, especially given the anxiety provoked by the trolls (anxiety, of course, I invited, and which was added to my already considerable anxiety over things way more important than politics), but I have to say that the whole banned books thing, throughout history, is just plain bullshit.
What are your favorite banned books?