Banned Books Project
September 24, 2002
reviews (1st in a series)

Solonor's quick and easy banned books reviews, with some reviews also from Aden. He's almost up tp the 100th book. I've chosen some at random. Speak up and use the comments, that's what they are here for, or submit your own reviews at the one sentence project.

note: please keep senses of irony and humor intact.

TITLE: The Chocolate War
AUTHOR: Robert Cormier
ISBN: 0440944597
Plot Summary: This is a novel of one boy's struggle not to follow the crowd. Jerry Renault decides not to participate in the annual chocolate sale. The Vigils, a secret school society in charge of the sale, decides that this is a threat to their organization. Jerry becomes an outcast. He is beaten and abused but still remains strong.

Aden's Mini-Review: This is a very important book, as it illustrates the power of thinking for yourself, and standing up for having your own mind. (which ironically is one of the reasons it was challenged).

Complaints: Offensive language, violence.
Challenged but retained on the 10th-grade reading list at Hephzibah High School, Augusta, Georgia. Challenged as required reading at the Hudson Falls, New York schools.
Solonor Says Ban It Because: There's swearing and sex and violence in it...but worse, someone actually tries to think for themselves.

Link: Do I Dare Disturb the Universe?

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September 23, 2002

One Sentence project has been updated. Keep sending yours!

There will be plenty of updating at some point today, including Solonor's reviews.

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September 22, 2002
site happenings

Don't forget the One Sentence project in the post below! (tell a friend and they'll tell a friend and so on and....)

You can check out the contributions over here. What are you waiting for? Add your own!

Solonor has been doing short reviews of the 100 most frequently banned/challenged books. Starting tomorrow, I will be posting some of his reviews, with added comments of mine.

If you have read a banned or challenged book and would like to add a review here, just use the simple form on the right.

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September 20, 2002
Banned Books Week mission

Banned Books Week begins tomorrow. Want to contribute? Here's how:

Send me one sentence. That's right, just one sentence. Just find a book that has been banned or challenged that you have read and in one sentence, convince someone else to read it.

Use the form to the right or the comments. I will be posting your submissions all week long.

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September 19, 2002

An update on the Cromwell book challenging issue, via gamersnook.

The banning of the Alice series in one school has prompted the book to become a hot item at the local library. As one librarian said, the best way to get everyone to read a book is to ban it. link via deb

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September 17, 2002
Free Speech Costs Too Much

This entry by Steven Green originally appeared at his website, Vodka Pundit.

Nick Kristof bravely comes out in favor of � shutting people up. Read:

We rightly complain about weapons proliferation by China and Russia. But we also need to confront the consequences of our own information proliferation. Our small presses could end up helping terrorists much more than Saddam ever has.

I'm a journalist, steeped in First Amendment absolutism, and book-burning grates on my soul. But then again, so does war. As we prepare to go to battle to reduce our vulnerability to weapons of mass destruction, it seems appropriate for us in addition to consider other distasteful steps that can also make us safer.

Ah! Civil rights, war � they�re all just a matter of taste, of how much they might �grate� on your soul. So if we�ve got to have a little war grating on us, we might as well lose some civil liberties, too.

Look, I�m no fan of how-to guides for chemical weapons or backyard nukes. But the genie is out of the bottle, the barn door is unlocked, and the horse has drunk the water. Too late to do anything about it now.

But Kristof would still have Washington tell us what we might and might not print, what we may and may not read.

Chemical weapons? Surely, no one needs to know that. And the dangerous sermons of foreign mullahs might just stir up our Moslem minorities in time of grating war -- so shut them up, pronto. For that matter, who needs to read the dangerous rantings of some gun-nut law professor, an unemployed engineer with an anti-UN bias, a smart-ass MBA who picks on her betters at the NYT, or an unapologetic lesbian who won�t stay on the PC reservation?

�Congress shall make no law�� except, of course, to suit the tastes of Nicholas Kristof.

Nick Kristof holds a powerful position at one of the world�s most powerful newspapers. His voice will never be silenced. But yours might be someday, if Kristof gets his wish.

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new contribution

Dahiell Hammet and Censorship

Banned Books Week is fast approaching. If you have anything you would like to contribute to this project, please use the contact form at the right.

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