While there’s little new here, Janet Yanosko’s comments makes The Forbidden Library: Banned and Challenged Books worth reading. Here’s two of my favorite entries:
Le Morte D’Arthur. Sir Thomas Malory. Scribner; Collier; Penguin. Challenged as required reading at the Pulaski County High School in Somerset, Ky. (1997) because it is “junk.” Granted, Malory has problems with his narrative, but YOU try to translate Medieval French texts into comprehesible Middle English.
Zen Buddhism: Selected Writings. D.T. Suzuki. Doubleday. Challenged at the Plymouth-Canton school system in Canton, Mich. (1987) because “this book details the teachings of the religion of Buddhism in such a way that the reader could very likely embrace its teachings and choose this as his religion.” The last thing we need are a bunch of peaceful Buddhists running around. The horror.
Thanks to Steve for the pointer.