It seems like just yesterday I was ranting and raving about some crap. Oh… wait… that was yesterday. Never mind.
Well, on today’s rave-o-rama calendar is the start of Banned Books Week. Last year, as part of my contribution to Michele’s Banned Books Project, I listed all the books on the 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990-2000, along with a plot summary, reasons it was found objectionable, and snarky reasons I’d have it banned.
That last part generated a lot of hate mail from people who tend to jump into a fracas without reading the fine print (I wouldn’t know anything about that, myself). But all-in-all, it was a fun exercise.
So, what to do this year? Well, for starters, Michele’s been too busy to put together her own Banned Books Project, so I’m hosting it as the Third Annual Banned Books Project. Part of that honor is putting together a collection of links, essays, news stories, etc., from reader contributions. So, what I’d like to get from you then, dear reader, is a contribution. Send me your essays and links, and I’ll post ’em. It should have something to do with book challenges, but there are a lot of challenges to intellectual freedom floating about these days, so even a good story on the EFF Blue Ribbon Campaign wouldn’t be out of the question.
For my part, I have had complaints that the original Solonor’s 100 Banned Books is a bit lengthy for a single web page. If you’re on dial-up, forget about loading it in your lifetime. Plus, it’s not easily searchable. So, this year I’ve made a new banned books project blog! I’m going to give each book its own entry, add a picture (assuming I don’t get into copyright trouble), and open it to comments.
So, start sending me your stuff, peeps. And I’ll stop calling you “peeps”.
Mail all submissions to solonor AT solonor DOT com (you know the anti-spam drill by now, I hope).