Banned Book Week 2014 – Persepolis

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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:

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.

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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.

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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
Beaverton, Oregon

joules

I’m a 44 something Scorpio who does not at all enjoy getting caught in the rain. I’m a mom to one whirling dervish, a former child and family therapist and reformed social worker. I have fought the monsters called Depression and Addiction for a lifetime. I want to be a part of the kindness movement. I want to be honest and real, sharing my struggles and successes on my path with others navigating their own. I want to lift up other women and be uplifted by them. I want to honor the bits between right and wrong, black and white – the grays, the ish. The place where life is actually lived.

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I’m a 44 something Scorpio who does not at all enjoy getting caught in the rain. I’m a mom to one whirling dervish, a former child and family therapist and reformed social worker. I have fought the monsters called Depression and Addiction for a lifetime. I want to be a part of the kindness movement. I want to be honest and real, sharing my struggles and successes on my path with others navigating their own. I want to lift up other women and be uplifted by them. I want to honor the bits between right and wrong, black and white – the grays, the ish. The place where life is actually lived.

  3 comments for “Banned Book Week 2014 – Persepolis

  1. Shevaun
    September 25, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    I took the quiz twice, and got Tropic of Cancer and Slaughterhouse Five. Then I had a heart attack because OMG I’ve never read The Tropic of Cancer. WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME??? I mean, I read the Three Musketeers when I was 8. How did I miss that one?
    Persepolis is wonderful. There is a movie, it was on Netflix(maybe still is…to lazy to look), and it was very well done.
    My girls and I love Banned Book Week.

    • September 26, 2014 at 10:11 am

      I’ve never read it either. Get right on that, you’ll probably be done by lunchtime;)

  2. September 26, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    Too many to choose from but five favourites would have to be:
    Beloved
    Brave new world
    In cold blood
    The lord of the flies
    Harry potter
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