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Cheers to You, Madame Bovary

By posted at 4:59 pm on September 28, 2009 2

It’s Banned Books Week — time to celebrate your right to read Women in Love, Ulysses, and other notables from the ALA’s list of banned or challenged books. Though, according to the Wall Street Journal, this is a whole lotta hoo-ha over nothing.

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2 Responses to “Cheers to You, Madame Bovary”

  1. Celeste Ng
    at 10:29 am on September 29, 2009

    Wow–thanks for pointing out the Mitchell Muncy WSJ op-ed. Muncy seems to feel that a 10% success rate in book banning is negligible; one wonders how high the percentage needs to be in order to be significant. Regardless, saying that attempted bannings don’t matter simply because the books weren’t ultimately banned is a little like saying that attempted murders aren’t a problem because the victims all survived–or that attempted terrorist attacks aren’t anything to worry about because they didn’t succeed. And his conclusion–that Banned Books Week is actually a form of *censorship*–is mind-boggling.

    I’ve written a much longer response to the Muncy piece here:
    http://fictionwritersreview.com/blog/banned-books-week-an-act-of-censorship-say-what

    Thanks again for bringing this up.

  2. Fiction Writers Review » Blog Archive » Banned Books Week = An Act of Censorship? Say what?
    at 12:37 pm on September 29, 2009

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