Archive for the ‘Book’ Category

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

From TIME Magazine:

Since 1982, the American Library Association has sponsored Banned Books Week to pay tribute to free speech and open libraries. The tradition began as a nod to how far society has come since 1557, when Pope Paul IV first established The Index of Prohibited Books to protect Catholics from controversial ideas. Pope Paul VI would abolish it 409 years later, although attempts at censorship still remain.

Here are some of the most challenged books of all time.

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

Newspaper blackout poetry by Austin Kleon.

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Redacted book cover project for dystopian novels by Colin Ford

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Further reading:


“Burn this Book is a powerful collection of essays that explore the meaning of censorship, and the power of literature to inform the way we see the world, and ourselves.”

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Imagine books and music and movies being filtered and homogenized. Certified. Approved for consumption. People will be happy to give up most of their culture for the assurance that the tiny bit that comes through is safe and clean. White noise.

Imagine a world of silence where any sound loud enough or long enough to harbor a deadly poem would be banned. A world where people are afraid to listen, afraid they’ll hear something behind the din of traffic. Some toxic words buried in the loud music playing next door. Imagine a higher and higher resistance to language. No one talks because no one dares to listen. The deaf shall inherit the earth.

And the illiterate.

-Chuck Palahniuk, Lullaby, 2003