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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.

Sit-down strikers, Fisher Body plant No. 3, 1937. Photo by Sheldon Dick.

In 1966, the school board in Hanover County, Virginia, voted unanimously to remove all copies of To Kill a Mockingbird from school libraries. Harper Lee herself responded […]

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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 Roundup:

A parent in Seminole County, Florida, lodges a complaint after her 9-year-old brings home a copy of This One Summer, a young adult graphic novel aimed at readers aged 12 to 18. The book is pulled […]

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Saturday Bag o’ Depends

It was miraculous. It was almost no trick at all, he saw, to turn vice into virtue and slander into truth, impotence into abstinence, arrogance into humility, plunder into philanthropy, thievery into honor, blasphemy into wisdom, brutality into patriotism, and sadism into justice. Anybody could do it; it required no brains at all. It merely required no character. —Joseph Heller, Catch-22 […]

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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.

Hitler’s Mein Kampf has an interesting history in Germany: a best-seller before WWII, it’s been banned in that country since 1945. Until last week, that is, when the copyright expired and it entered the public domain: Germans can now […]

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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.

(Image from The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore)

When this high school principal says “Parents should have the right to determine what their students are exposed to in the classrooms,” what she really means is that parents […]

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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.

Textbooks confiscated from Tucson Unified School District classrooms, January 2012

Banned Books Week Commentary from Friends & Foes

Can you parse this Banned Book Week letter to the editor? I can’t make heads or tails of it!

An attempt […]

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You Can’t Read That!

Have a great Banned Books Week, everyone! I don’t know about you, but I’ll be ordering a copy of The Boy Came Back — it sounds like a fun read. […]

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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! Mini-Rant

Here’s a Bookriot editorial on the overuse of scare phrases like “book banning.” Wait a minute! I use the phrase, but (I like to think) carefully and with intent. Here’s my rationale, paraphrased from earlier YCRT! posts:

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