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Allen Ginsberg on censorship, language and police brutality July 7, 2015 – Posted in: Banned / Censored / Destroyed, Video

In 1968 Allen Ginsberg appeared on Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr. The topic was the Avant-Garde but it wasn’t long before Ginsberg, who Buckley refers to as “the hippie’s hippie, the bohemian prototype,” turns the discussion to the power of the media, censorship and language. He points out how the language of the media is a far cry from the language of the everyday and how the language the police use “toward hippies and Negroes” never enters…

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Five Book Tribute to Banned Books Week September 23, 2014 – Posted in: Banned / Censored / Destroyed, Content

Banned Books: Informal Notes on Some Books Banned fort Various Reasons at Various Times for Various Reasons by Anne Lyon Haight. R.R. Bowker Company. New York, 1955. Second Edition Revised and Enlarged Buy: Buy: Used copies of the First and Second Edition It is Banned Books Week and here are five titles that deal with the issue as a whole or are dedicated to an individual book. Happy reading!             Purity in…

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The Most Challenged Books in our Schools and Libraries for 2013 April 14, 2014 – Posted in: books, Libraries, public libraries, public school libraries

At first glance you might think it was a list of some of the better selling books but these are the top 10 most frequently challenged books at American libraries and schools for 2013. The list is compiled by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom and from the over 300 challenges across the country in 2013 these are the top 10. 1. Captain Underpants (series) by Dave Pilkey Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence 2.…

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