Tag Archives: Books

Needing the Dark to Find the Light

A recent article by Meghan Cox Gurdon in the Wall Street Journal argues that the grim, gory, and dark shadow cast over the genre of young adult literature is inappropriate for its target readers.  This controversial review exposes the fear … Continue reading

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Censorship and International Women’s Day

Today is the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day! Censorship is about who has permission to speak about what in public. Women, both as speakers and subject, have often been marginalized or stricken from the public sphere, and so we’d … Continue reading

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The Weiler Affair and Globalized Censorship

Prof.  Joseph Weiler of NYU, and Editor-In-Chief of the European Journal Of Law, has contributed an incisive editorial regarding charges that he defamed an author through an unfavorable book review: …I was summoned to appear before an Examining Magistrate in … Continue reading

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Not even dictionaries are safe for children?

School officials at Menifee Union School District temporarily removed copies of Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary Tenth Edition for containing graphic terms like “oral sex” after a parent complained. (But as it turns out, the dictionary did not even contain this term…) … Continue reading

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NCAC staff and readers testify for Banned Books Week

“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” – To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee Thanks to everyone who participated on twitter, facebook, and this blog with listing your favorite … Continue reading

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Grendel kept in the curriculum

We were delighted to hear that the Sherwood, Oregon School Board voted last night to keep the novel, Grendel by John Gardner, in Sherwood High School’s 10th grade accelerated English curriculum.  Some parents object to sexual content and violence in … Continue reading

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