I saw this quiz on The Book of Face yesterday and jumped right on that bandwagon. Banned and books? Sign me up. Rebel and cause? Kind of my wheelhouse. I had heard some buzz about Persepolis, but never really knew what all the hype was about. It’s a comic(hello, perf) about the life of a girl growing up in Iraq during the Islamic revolution. This was a book meant to be in my hand. And it will soon, thanks to the incrediballs Washington County Cooperative Library system(holla).
This book was removed from schools in Chicago, IL due to ‘graphic illustrations and language’. I might have some motherfucking strong words to say too if I were a young girl living in a repressed world surrounded by violence and revolution. It’s ironic that a book about free speech would be stifled, challenged and banned. We should be encouraging kids to read books like these and to challenge their own thoughts as well as the thoughts of others. How else can change happen?
I was blown away by the amount of amazing books on the list. There are so, so many more that I’ve read and loved, but five of my favorites banned books are:
- The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
- The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
- Cat’s Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut
- Captain Underpants, by Dave Pilkey
- Harry Potter, by J. K. Rowling
You can find the list of classic banned books here and the lists by year of challenged books here. This week let’s celebrate our freedom to read whatever the substitute swear word we choose by reading one of these books during Banned Book Week 2014. And then by sharing it with someone. Or with everyone. Or go one better and WRITE a book full of such deep truth, terrible beauty and genuine emotion that someday it too can be banned. Truth is like a virus. Spread it.
Which banned book are you? Any any of your faves on the list? And which is on your list to read, you literary rebel, you?
This video is mos def NSFW.
Free people read freely.
Celebrate Banned Books Week, September 21st to 27th, with a visit to your local library or bookstore. For more information, visit http://www.ala.org/bbooks.
WHEREAS, the freedom to read is essential to our democracy, and reading is among our greatest freedoms; and
WHEREAS, privacy is essential to the exercise of that freedom, and the right to privacy is the right to open inquiry without having the subject of one’s interest examined or scrutinized by others; and
WHEREAS, the freedom to read is protected by our Constitution; and
WHEREAS some individuals, groups, and public authorities work to remove or limit access to reading materials, to censor content in schools, to label “controversial” views, to distribute lists of “objectionable” books or authors, and to purge libraries of materials reflecting the diversity of society; and
WHEREAS, both governmental intimidation and the fear of censorship cause authors who seek to avoid controversy to practice self-censorship, thus limiting our access to new ideas; and
WHEREAS, every silencing of a heresy, every enforcement of an orthodoxy, diminishes the toughness and resilience of American society and leaves it less able to deal with controversy and difference; and
WHEREAS, Americans still favor free enterprise in ideas and expression, and can be trusted to exercise critical judgment, to recognize propaganda and misinformation, and to make their own decisions about what they read and believe, and to exercise the responsibilities that accompany this freedom; and
WHEREAS, intellectual freedom is essential to the preservation of a free society and a creative culture; and
WHEREAS, conformity limits the range and variety of inquiry and expression on which our democracy and our culture depend; and
WHEREAS, the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read is observed during the last week of September each year as a reminder to Americans not to take their precious freedom for granted; and
WHEREAS, Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, that Wonderishmama.com celebrates the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week, (Insert Dates Here), and be it further
RESOLVED, that Wonderishmama.com encourages all libraries and bookstores to acquire and make available materials representative of all the people in our society; and be it further
RESOLVED, that Wonderishmama.com encourages free people to read freely, now and forever.
Adopted by Joules Freiboth at Wonderishmama.com
September 23, 2014