What is it about banned books that make us want to read them even more?
Here’s a list of titles for young readers that have been challenged or banned.
By Lois Lowry. “Violence” and claims that the book is too dark for children are two reasons this title about a young man’s coming-of-age in a dystopian future has been challenged.
By E.B. White. As recently as 2006, <SPOiLER ALERT> passages about the spider dying were criticized as being “inappropriate subject matter for a children’s book.”
The Wizard of Oz
By L. Frank Baum. This classic title was banned from libraries in Detroit for having “no value” for children and supporting “negativism.”
Charlie & the Chocolate Factory
By Roald Dahl. In the early 1970s, this delicious classic was labeled as “tasteless.”
Bridge to Terabithia
By Katherine Paterson. This title was challenged because of claims that it promoted witchcraft and violence.
Where the Wild Things Are
By Maurice Sendak. Some parents claimed this title was too dark and disturbing for young children, and would cause nightmares.
Harriet the Spy
By Louise Fitzhugh. Precocious Harriet was kept out of some schools and libraries “because it was said to set a bad example for children”.
By Dr. Seuss. This beloved children’s book was challenged in California because it was argued it would persuade children against the logging industry.
Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
By Sherman Alexie. This title about a14-year-old American Indian who leaves his school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white high school was pulled from school curricula because it uses graphic language and describes sexual acts.
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Why Alysia Montano wears a flower in her hair during every race.
Even though she grew up playing football, shooting hoops and running races against all the boys in her neighborhood, U.S. 800-meter champion Alysia Montano never wanted to be thought of as one of them.
As a result, she started wearing a flower behind her right ear to remind the boys they were getting beat by a girl.
The flower remains Montano’s trademark even though her opponents are now world-class female middle-distance runners.
"The flower to me means strength with femininity," Montano said in June after winning the 800 at the U.S. Olympic trials. "I think that a lot of people say things like you run like a girl. That doesn’t mean you have to run soft or you have to run dainty. It means that you’re strong."
Just finished watching Fight Club. Yes just now. Yes I’ve been missing out.
"You are not special. You’re not a beautiful and unique snowflake. You’re the same decaying organic matter as everything else. We’re all part of the same compost heap. We’re all singing, all dancing crap of the world."
So, that spiel kinda really spoke to me. But it lacks something, I think. At the risk of being seen as an arrogant, self-absorbed jerk (which I might actually be, I dunno), I’d rather like to say that yes, actually, I am special. I’m a beautiful and unique snowflake. I deserve happy, nice things and all the comfortable shit the world has produced. Just because. But the truth is, I’m not going to get any of it. I will be dished out garbage for breakfast and I will be spit on if I ever try to work towards getting other people the chance to enjoy all this nice shit that they also equally deserve.
But then, PLOT TWIST!!
That’s okay. I can try to roll with that. I’ll carry on.
Which is probably the same thing as what the movie was saying. And why it ends with self-destruction.
Except I get to be a beautiful and unique snowflake. Haha.
Although this short quotation has been attributed to a number of authors it is most certainly the work of David Viscott, a psychiatrist who hosted a pioneering radio talk show in the 1980s and 1990s during which he provided counselling to callers.
In Viscott’s 1993 book, “Finding Your Strength in Difficult Times: A Book of Meditations” the slightly fuller quotation reads:
The purpose of life is to discover your gift.
The work of life is to develop it.
The meaning of life is to give your gift away.
- What techniques and practices do you use to help you unearth your gift?
- How do you see the relationship between purpose, work and meaning?
Quote reference | David Viscott,“Finding Your Strength in Difficult Times: A Book of Meditations” (McGraw-Hill, 2003) page 87
Jay Smooth in his TED speech “how I learned to stop worrying and love discussing race” (via tropicanastasia)
Jay Smooth almost always a reblog
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Approaching Shadow, 1954. Photo: Fan Ho/AO Vertical Art Space