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Banned Books Week: In Which We Enter The Land Of Forbidden Literature

This week is Banned Books Week — a time to celebrate and acknowledge all the great and not-so-great works of literature that at one point or another have been considered too hot or too controversial for libraries. Among the most famous banned books? J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms, and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Banned Book Week is a great time to celebrate our freedom to read, and to think about how important access to information really is.

It’s also a time to reflect on the books we were banned from reading growing up … Keep reading »

Wisconsin-ites Want To Burn A Book About A Gay Teen

Author Francesca Lia Block, we hope you’ve got Judy Blume on speed dial! Some wackos in Wisconsin are calling for one of your books to be censored in a good ol’ fashioned book-burning. Block‘s young adult novel, Baby Be-Bop, is the story of how a teenage boy comes out of the closet to his grandmother. And it upset a group called the “West Bend Citizens for Safe Libraries,” who tried to remove it from the public library, along with a bunch of other books with gay and lesbian themes. The group says they were trying to “protect children from accessing [the books] without their parents’ knowledge and supervision.” Of course! Because teens don’t ever go to the adult stacks. Ever. Keep reading »

The Daily Squeeze: J. Lo Ditches PR, Obama On SNL, Banned Books, & Weight Gain At Fashion Week

  • Oh dang. Jennifer Lopez backed out of guest judging the Project Runway finale at the very last minute and Tim Gunn had to step in as a backup. We prefer his opinion anyway, so there! [MSNBC]
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    The Daily Squeeze: Impotent Ostriches, British Taste, Lingerie Thieves, And Prudish Libraries

  • An ostrich named Gustav appears to have become impotent after fireworks were thrown at him. (Don’t judge. You would become impotent, too, if you had fireworks thrown at you.) Gustav has been unable to mate with his two female partners so he will have to be examined by an animal psychologist to see what exactly stopped his sex drive. [Cape Argus, South Africa]
  • Of 66,000 male members of a top British dating site who were surveyed, 54 percent said they won’t date a woman who earns more than $50,000. Guys, have you never dreamed of having a sugar mama? [ThisIsLondon.co.uk]
  • A 43-year-old man in Fort Collins, CO, who stole 1,300 women’s undergarments (we’re guessing this means bras, underwear, and other lingerie?) was sentenced on Monday to five years probation and mental health treatment. The undergarments came from at least 12 women. [9News.com]
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