Tuesday, September 29, 2009

and this week?

Why. . . it's Mental Illness Awareness Week! I wonder if there is anyone with mental illness who needs to be made aware of it? (of their mental illness not the week)

OOH! AND! It's banned books week. Now there is a topic worth being aware of.

Some of the books that have been banned are:

'American Heritage Dictionary'
'Catch 22'
'Catcher in the Rye'
'Fahrenheit 451'
'The Joy of Sex'
'More Joy of Sex'
'As I Lay Dying'

Some of them are not too surprising given the puritanistic roots of this country, but the dictionary is rather funny.

Some of the books that governments have banned are:
'Brave New World' banned in Ireland
'Candide' banned by U.S. Customs
'Doctor Zhivago' banned in the USSR
'Lady Chatterly's Lover' banned in the U.S. and Great Britain
'Ulysses' banned by the U.S. (overturned in a case called "United States v. One Book Called Ulysses")


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