YCRT Banned Book Review: Diary of a Young Girl

I don’t know if young people still read it today, but Anne Frank’s Diary was a profoundly moving and unforgettable experience for members of my generation, children born just after the end of World War II. You know my opinion of those who try to ban books or otherwise prevent the rest of us from reading them. Those who continue to suppress Anne Frank’s Diary are not merely book banners but anti-Semites as well, Holocaust deniers and neo-Nazis, and there’s a special place in hell reserved for them. […]

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Dawn Patrol

These are the best mornings. Up early, walking through the neighborhood while it’s still cool, policing the back yard for dog poop, coffee and a hot muffin for breakfast, a devoted dog by my side, the rest of the morning mine to write, read, or whatever I want to do. […]

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You Can’t Read That!

You Can’t Read That! is a periodic post featuring banned book reviews and news roundups.

Beirut market book stall, ©2013 by George Zahm

YCRT! Announcement

Thirteen may be an inauspicious number, but it’s the number of years I’ve been writing about banned books, first for Paul’s Thing and later for Daily Kos, posting links […]

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You Can’t Read That!

You Can’t Read That! is a periodic post featuring banned book reviews and news.

Photo: Charles Denson

YCRT! Banned Book News

Local pastors petitioned to have LGBTQ-themed books removed from a Banned Books Week display at the public library in Rumford, Maine. The library, backed by patrons and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, […]

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You Can’t Read That!

You Can’t Read That! is a periodic post featuring banned book reviews and news.

Banned Books Week is September 23-29. In honor of those who fight to protect our right to read and write, I offer my annual rant.

YCRT! Banned Books Week Annual Rant

Every year conservative pundits line up to tell us […]

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Sunday Bag o’ Mail

Before I get to the mail, here’s a photo from yesterday’s bicycle ride. The new titanium knee—or more accurately the scar tissue surrounding it—must be loosened first with bending exercises, but as long as I remember to do it I’m okay. I only rode four miles yesterday but could easily have doubled the distance, and […]

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You Can’t Read That!

You Can’t Read That is a periodic post featuring banned book reviews and news roundups.

From Time Magazine, Dec 20, 1948

YCRT! News

Why can’t kids just read Officer Friendly coloring books instead? South Carolina Cops Have Thoughts On Your High School Reading List. Here’s more on the same subject: “Union says depictions of […]

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You Can’t Read That!

You Can’t Read That! is a periodic post featuring banned book reviews and news roundups.

YCRT! News

Did you watch the HBO adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451”? I thought it was strident and dreadful.

“Gateway Pundit, a popular, controversial site on the right that posts breaking news, says Facebook has been flagging its articles […]

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