I Want to Write a Banned Book

Watching: CBS Primetime….wondering who else got fired… :(

Reading: The House of Leaves ….. ALMOST FINISHED!!!!!!

Eating: M&M’s Premiums – Mocha

Today’s Prompt:  No prompt today just thoughts and ruminations on the banning of books as Banned Books Week comes to a close….

Quotes: There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written or badly written. – Oscar Wilde

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers. – Charles W. Eliot
Books won’t stay banned.  They won’t burn.  Ideas won’t go to jail.  In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost.  The only weapon against bad ideas is better ideas.  – Alfred Whitney Griswold
And now…. I looked over a list of banned books to find out why some of them were banned and here are some of the truly fantastic….
A play of Animal Farm was banned in Kenya in 1991, because it criticizes corrupt leaders.  Me thinks thou dost protest too much.
Black Beauty – Banned in South Africa from 1948 to 1994 during the years of Apartheid. Due to its title, white National Party leaders mistakenly thought the book was about a black woman. Really? 46 years on a MISCONCEPTION?? No one even peeked at the dust flap or the PICTURE OF THE HORSE?
The American Heritage Dictionary – Banned in an Eldon, Missouri library because it contained 39 “objectionable” words. And, in 1987, the Anchorage School Board banned the dictionary for similar reasons, i.e., having slang definitions for words such as “bed,” “knocker,” and “balls.”
And finally, Fahrenheit 451. The whys are really not important, it’s just always amused me.
So basically, the point of this story is that I want to write a banned book.  I’d really rather it be banned for a real reason not because someone saw the world “Black” in the title and made a half a century long assumption…. but I guess I’ll take what I can get.

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