Summoner101: Of Mice And Men, by John Steinbeck:In 1992, a coalition of community members and clergy in Mobile, AL challenged the book on charges of "profanity" and "morbid and depressing themes."Did these jokers not read Grapes of Wrath?
Summoner101: "morbid and depressing themes."Did these jokers not read Grapes of Wrath?
RatMaster999: I'd ban Catcher merely because it's boring and vastly over-rated.
Zarquon's Flat Tire: Looks like I get o Deslide
Baji: Complaining about that "To Kill A Mockingbird" is racist because of the language used? Isn't that like saying that "The Producers" is anti-semitic because of the Nazi imagery used?
EngineerAU: The Catcher in the Rye was pulled from the shelves at my high school for "review". Being a small town in Alabama, this wasn't too surprising but it was funny that the girl whose mother complained was in my Married Life & Childcare class where we watched all manner of sex ed videos that easily could have gotten the teacher fired. If I recall correctly, the school system's review process involved taking the book off the shelf until the angry parent found something else to be outraged about and then the book was quietly put back. Any student wanting to check out the book during that time could get it from a librarian.
TheMatchHare: I don't know much about Steinbeck's personal life, but is there any validity to questions of his patriotism?
AtlanticCoast63: Lord Of The Flies and Catcher In The Rye are pretentious and boring, but not worth banning. Everything else on there should be required reading for high school students.
Guntram Shatterhand: Yeah, same here (grew up in Southeastern Michigan). All of these bans aren't for kids, they're for slow adults who can't think. And we'll always have them since squeezing a child out means we have to childproof the society they'll grow up in 'just in case.'
God Is My Co-Pirate: Mere verbal complaints weren't enough for Oklahoma City group Mothers United for Decency, who in 1961 hired a trailer, calling it the "smutmobile" and used it to display books they objected to, including Sons and Lovers.Quick, to the Smutmobile! Smutman away!
Old enough to know better: These groups should just come out and admit it. The only book they want their children to read is the farking Bible.
Craptastic: geared to education EDUCATE future teachers
The Downfall: I'm guessing "Ulysses" isn't on the list because the kind of people who like to ban books couldn't figure out what was going on.
FlyingLizardOfDoom: Am I the only person who thinks that NONE of those books were any good?
FlyingLizardOfDoom: Am I the only person who thinks that NONE of those books were any good?Catcher in the Rye
nightronin: The Downfall: I'm guessing "Ulysses" isn't on the list because the kind of people who like to ban books couldn't figure out what was going on.That book isn't hard to figure out. Finnagin's Wake on the other hand, well . . .Finnegans Wake
Burn_The_Plows: The Downfall: I'm guessing "Ulysses" isn't on the list because the kind of people who like to ban books couldn't figure out what was going on.Damnit! That's twice today I was beaten to an Ulysses reference because I had to go to the other room to grab the book. (I couldn't remember how to spell "MacDowell".)
Sim Tree: I still don't see how you can devote that much energy to hating something based on absolutly no information.
phalamir: When I was in 10th grade, we had one of those reader/literature collection textbooks. Now, I grew up in North Florida Crackerstan, and the reader was at least 15 years old when I got ahold of it in the late 80s. The selection for Greek drama was Lysistrata. And like with all other plays we looked at, we had to read a scene out loud in class, with different students doing different parts. Except me - I was too busy laughing my ass off, while my classmates stared at me, wondering what was so funny. To this day, I am amzed that someone decided that Lysistrata was what you put in a HS literature reader, that my HS bought it, and that nobody complained (plus that a room full of hormonal teenagers were oblivious)./At the end of class, my teacher walked up to me and said "you got all that didn't you?" I had to nod because laughing in her face would have been rude
Sim Tree: There was a crazy lady trying to get the Harry Potter books banned because they were 'Satanic'. She, of course, had not read the books in question, nor had she seen the movies."Then how do you know if they're satanic?" she was asked."I just know!" She insisted.
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