>The Atlantic would like to see more book banning. Their argument makes me recall a discussion with a friend who was living in Mexico during a particularly repressive time–she said something like “well, sure, if you say the wrong thing too loudly you risk getting arrested, but in the States you can yell your head off about injustice and no one pays any attention. Which is worse?”
I can never get all that exercised about ALA’s largely manufactured banned books drama, and yesterday I saw a number that was a lot scarier than their reported 460 book challenges in 2010. As reported in the PW of April 12th, the Association of American Publishers says juvenile hardcover book sales in February of this year were down 48.5% from those of a year earlier.