>After his unusual demureness in face of the star-making machinery, I’m pleased to see Philip Pullman recovering his characteristic pugnacity to defend his dark materials from the interference of the interfering Faithful: “Religion grants its adherents malign, intoxicating and morally corrosive sensations. Destroying intellectual freedom is always evil, but only religion makes doing evil feel […]
>Jezebel has a post up about the recent challenge to Of Mice and Men at a Kansas City high school for use of the word nigger. I liked this comment from “Miss Scarlet in the hall with a . . .”:In middle school I knew a girl who “objected” to Huckleberry Finn because of the […]
>If one more person sends me that list of books Sarah Palin tried to ban from the library I’m gonna vote for Nader.
>A complaint from an “exams invigilator” has caused Carol Ann Duffy’s poem “Education for Leisure” to be removed from the U.K.’s GCSE curriculum. Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen is quoted being sensible (“Of course we want children to be talking about knife crime and poems like these are a terrific way of helping that happen. Blanket […]
>I wouldn’t elect Sarah Palin to anything, but this old censorship charge is really reaching. As far as we know, as mayor of Wasilla she asked the public library director three times about the possibility of removing “objectionable” books from the collection. Three times the director said no. (Positively biblical!) Then Palin tried to fire […]
>Liz B. pointed me toward this PW essay on the thin line between reader’s advisory work and putting limitations on library access for kids. It gives me the willies. Is it right for me to discourage a kid’s reading choice? No. But is it right for me to give a kid a book that I […]
>Poets are supposed to choose their words very carefully. This one doesn’t. But a poet standing up to a bookstore does demonstrate chutzpah, I’ll give her that. Thanks to Shelf Awareness for the link.
>Alerted by an anonymous commenter, I see that the Catholic News Service has withdrawn its review of The Golden Compass. Without comment. Maybe the Magisterium is at work.
>This idea of the internet as a solipsistic wonderland–oh wow! You’re reading my blog!–really gained ground this weekend with two of our leading internet magazines–Salon and Slate–each using the premier of The Golden Compass as a springboard for people to talk about themselves while pretending to do otherwise. I have a lot of respect for […]