Banned Books Week

banned books photoThis week is Banned Books Week: an annual tradition started in 1982 by library activist Judith Krug and the American Library Association.  It serves to defend the freedom of expression and the right to read about any subject, including unorthodox and unpopular viewpoints.  Books have always been banned because they were perceived to be dangerous to the status quo, from Homer’s Odyssey for expounding ideas of Greek ideas of freedom dangerous to the Roman state, to Robinson Crusoe banned “for its satire”, and the Bible’s Book of Ruth, while even the publication of Harry Potter was questioned.

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