Jason: So it’s Banned Books Week, and it really got me thinking, about what books should be banned.
Allan: According to a blog post by Chris Finan, director of the American Booksellers for Free Expression, “In 2014–2015 there were efforts to censor Young Adult books by Sherman Alexie, Stephen Chbosky, Chris Crutcher, Emily M. Danforth, Barthe DeClements, Cory Doctorow, John Green, Ellen Hopkins, David Levithan, Stephanie Meyer, Jodi Picoult, Marjane Satrapi, and Raina Telgemeier.”
Jason: Good for those authors to take a stand. Harris Gray is with them – together we can get the inappropriate material out of our libraries. For starters I have never liked Judy Blume. That book FOREVER, it was like she knew every move in my teen toolkit, and broadcast it for all the girls to see.
Allan: The last thing we need is real life depicted in a book! Isn’t that what real life is for?
Jason: Life lays your soul bare — why would I want to see my naked soul in print? Curse you, J.D. Salinger!
Allan: Books are for fluff and fantasy. And vampires.
Jason: Woe to the day when our teenagers are walking around with their noses buried in books. We need laws against that as well.~ read more ~