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Banned Books Week Web Sites, From the Chronicle of Higher Ed.



     SITE OF THE DAY

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     Banned Books Week Web Sites

     Sharon Wysocki, an artist in Michigan,
     has chosen to illustrate an unusual
     topic: the motives of people who seek to
     ban books.

     Several of Ms. Wysocki's creations can
     be found in an on-line exhibit, called
     Banned Books as Art, that marks National
     Banned Books Week (September 28 to
     October 5, 1996).

     Ms. Wysocki's works consist of
     well-known books decorated with objects,
     symbols, or logos that represent
     criticisms of them. Attached to an
     edition of Mark Twain's Adventures of
     Huckleberry Finn, for example, is a
     noisemaker with a picture on it of a
     harmonica-playing black man wearing
     white gloves and a top hat. Officials at
     some schools have called for the book's
     removal from reading lists because it
     depicts racism.

     Ms. Wysocki says that book banning often
     arises from misconceptions about the
     works' contents. "The general public
     should have the choice of what they want
     to read," she says in a statement.

     Two other groups are also using the
     World-Wide Web to mark Banned Books
     Week.

     The American Library Association's site
     includes a list of the year's "most
     frequently challenged" books -- books
     whose classroom or library use was most
     often the subject of legal or political
     challenges. Among other titles on the
     list are Maya Angelou's I Know Why the
     Caged Bird Sings, J.D. Salinger's
     Catcher in the Rye, and R.L. Stine's
     popular Goosebumps series of children's
     books. The association compiles the list
     from newspaper articles and reports by
     librarians.

     And the American Civil Liberties Union
     has created a site with a list of banned
     books and with links to information
     about past legal cases involving
     censorship.

     --Jeffrey R. Young

>>>>>The tavern will compare favorably with the church, H.D. Thoreau<<<<<

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