“Books won’t stay banned. They won’t burn. Ideas won’t go to jail.” -Alfred Whitney Griswold
I know I’m late to this party, but the American Library Association’s (ALA) “Banned Books Week” was September 26 – October 3. I don’t need any week to read books other people tell me not to, so I thought I would post this anyway.
Here is the list of the ALA’s Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books.
Some of my favorite works are on this list (unsurprising, I know). Books like The Grapes of Wrath, To Kill A Mocking Bird, Catch-22, Brave New World, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Next, Slaughterhouse Five, and Rabbit, Run have shaped my perception of the world and exposed me to perspectives I never would have seen without them.
So fuck the man and read some banned books.