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.
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 Banned Books Week is […]
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 from elementary school […]
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