Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Banned Books Week September 29 - October 6

The American Library Association's "100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990 - 2000" looks like a great reading list - Judy Blume, Jean Craighead George, Shel Silverstein, Maurice Sendak, Mark Twain... http://www.ala.org/ala/oif/bannedbooksweek/bannedbooksweek.htm

"When the regime ordered
Books with dangerous knowledge
To be burned in public and everywhere
Oxen were forced to pull carts with books
to the bonfires, one of the persecuted poets
discovered one of the best
studying the list of the burned
disconcerted, that his books were forgotten.
He rushed to his desk, flying on wings of rage
and wrote a letter to the the authorities.
Burn me! he wrote with a quick stroke
Burn me! don't do this to me! Do not spare me!
Have I not always reported the truth in my books?
Yet now you treat me as were I a liar!
I command you: Burn me! "
Bertolt BRECHT
Poem titled "The Bookburning" (Die B├╝cherverbrennung)
German dramatist and poet (1898-1956)
(from http://www.ifla.org/faife/litter/subject/bookfire.htm)

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