This Book is Banned Comments Feed. An exchange of ideas about books that have been banned.


An Exchange of Ideas
About Books That Have Been Banned.

As Ralph Waldo Emerson noted in a letter to his brother William, an intelligent conversation is like “being set in a large place.” It enables you to “stretch your limbs and dilate to your utmost size.”

And it was Carl Sagan, the ever-popular science icon, who put together a list of tools for the examination of ideas. His methods are valuable whether those ideas are scientific in nature, or emerge from analyzing literature. Sagan reminds us to “try not to get overly attached to a hypothesis just because it’s yours,” that any conclusion we may have reached is “only a way station in the pursuit of knowledge.” Bearing this initial advice in mind, Sagan also admonishes us to “encourage substantive debate… by knowledgeable proponents of all points of view.”

Emerson and Sagan’s combined observations sum up what we’re doing here quite nicely. Which is… participating in an intelligent conversation that enables us to “dilate” to our “utmost” capacity for thinking and acquiring knowledge. And we aim to do so by engaging in an exchange of ideas about books that have been banned, from “proponents of all points of view.”

That said, Emerson also pointed out that “character is higher than intellect” alone. So when you contribute to our conversation, keep in mind that because we’re talking about banned books, this blog will often discuss sensitive social issues, and topics of a political nature. Critiques are welcome, and differing opinions expected, but in the words of Buckaroo Banzai:

Don’t be mean.
We don’t have to be mean.

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  • From Mary Bartling on We May Read for Enjoyment, but Literature Isn’t Written Just to Entertain Us.

    I’m glad you find the material useful. Thanks for visiting, and thank you for your insight.

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    2023/03/13 at 7:14 pm
  • From John Potter on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: They Even Banned Dorothy?!

    I first encountered the Baum OZ books at the age of 7, way beyond the reading level being taught in the 2nd grade in 1957. I used the books to learn to read. I haven’t revisted them in many years, but my memories are still strong of the wonders Baum brought to us. I remember the lunchbox and dinner pail trees in the Land of EV, of Smith and Tinker’s Marvelous Mechanical Man, of the Gump, a flying creature, consisting of a Gump head, lashed to two settees with palm frond wings and a broom tail, brought to live with a dusting of Old Mombi the Witch’s life-giving power. The Flatheads, who carried their brains in cans, Professor Wogglebug, H.M.T.E. (Highly-magnified, Thoroughly-educated). Fortunately, my town had a progressive children’s librarian, or I would have been denied the joy that still makes me smile 65 years later.

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    2023/03/10 at 4:45 pm
  • From Teelie's Fairy Garden on We May Read for Enjoyment, but Literature Isn’t Written Just to Entertain Us.

    Thank you for the reminders and advice. I truly appreciate this blog, it is indeed advantageous to all readers.

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    2022/11/18 at 2:13 pm
  • From Gabriela on Book Banning & Burning Throughout History

    Es muy importante saber más reducido el tema

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    2022/07/18 at 5:15 pm
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