Erik (eriktrips) wrote,

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From the altfriday5:

1. The list of the top 100 challenged or banned books from 1990 - 2000 is here. Or, for a less youth-oriented list, go here.

1. Which of these books have you read?

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck
The Color Purple, Alice Walker
A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L'Engle
Beloved, Toni Morrison
The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton
Flowers for Algernon Daniel Keyes
Lord of the Flies, William Golding
Native Son , Richard Wright
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
1984, George Orwell
The Lord of the Flies, William Golding
The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
Ulysses, James Joyce
Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck
Catch-22, Joseph Heller
As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner
Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess
Go Tell it on the Mountain, James Baldwin
The Call of the Wild, Jack London
The Jungle, Upton Sinclair
Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison
Naked Lunch, William S. Burroughs
An American Tragedy, Theodore Dreiser

2. Which of those books, if any, had a strong effect on you -- either positive or negative? How did they affect you?

There's not a single one that I am not glad that I read; of this particular banned books list (there are so many), of mice and men, to kill a mockingbird, flowers for algernon and the call of the wild were the most influential when I was in high school; right now I'd say ulysses, native son and naked lunch are the most currently important works on the list; ulysses for its experiments with form, and native son and naked lunch as narratives from outside american 'mainstream' culture, as it is perceived by the more fascist among us. those kinds of narratives are sorely needed now.

3. Have you ever been personally affected by or involved in a challenge or a ban of a book? If yes, tell us a bit about it.

no, oddly enough since I grew up in the bible belt.

4. Have you ever read a book that you felt should have been banned? If yes, why?

I can honestly say that it has never occurred to me to ban a book. free speech is probably the very last freedom that I'd give up for any reason.

5. How do you feel about the banning of books? Is it an important issue to you?

books are banned by cowards who are afraid of ideas--in some cases justifiably so, when those ideas call into question the despotic power and control over both thought and action that book banners want to maintain. books are nourishment for freedom from domination, nourishment that it should be a crime to cut off.

yeah I feel strongly about it.

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