Peel off the plastic… it’s Banned Books Week!

Yep, jump on board your local public transport, peel the plastic off your copy of Brett Easton Ellis’ American Psycho, shout verses from Howl or revel in the so called obsecnity of Naked Lunch but wherever you are, celebrate Banned Books Week.

While this is a US phenomenon, I think it is something that needs to be embraced worldwide. Freedom of expression is something we should never take for granted. In essence, it is always under attack. We need more writers like Burroughs in the world today, writers unafraid to stare into the abyss and report back, writers who cast off the term outlaw on the basis that to be an outlaw, you must have once been inside the law. We need more danger!

So if you need some assistance getting your hands on a once or currently Banned Book, check out one of  these Top Ten Lists.

Alternative Reel’s Top 10 Banned Books of the 20th Century

Time Magazine’s Most Challenged Books

I mean, this list contains some of the books that shaped my life… Grapes of Wrath, Lolita and Brave New World which is the book I credit as turning me on to literature in Yr 10.

Go on, get your hands on a Banned Book today.

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4 responses to “Peel off the plastic… it’s Banned Books Week!

  1. Some classic literature and many that were included on my book list at school. I can’t believe Huckleberry Finn would be offensive to this day for some people.

  2. Absolutely. more danger, more challenge, more questions, more action, more involvement, more exploration, less writing for editors and academics, less fear of upsetting the Very Important People. I tell you what Graham, one thing I have learned about Aus Lit over the last six months is that there’s a bloody good reason they can’t sell any books.

    • gnunn

      Yeah, more danger… to celebrate I am posting one of my all time fave poems tomorrow… check it out and celebrate the danger!

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