“Bill Cosby’s “Little Bill” children’s book series landed on a list of the 10 books Americans most often asked librarians to remove from shelves last year after he faced sex assault charges, according to a ranking released on Monday.The popular series written by Cosby and illustrated by Varnette Honeywood made its debut in ninth place on the American Library Association’s (ALA) annual list of the books that are most often challenged in U.S. libraries. “This children’s book series was challenged because of criminal sexual allegations against the author,” the U.S.’s oldest library organization said on its website.” (via Reuters)
“School district in Virginia has pulled copies of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” and Mark Twain’s classic “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” after a parent’s complaint. The Accomack County school district is considering banning the books from the county’s schools outright, following a complaint from the mother of a biracial high school student over the use of the N-word in the novels.” (via LA Times)
“Contrary to what, Googling around, you might assume, obscenity is not protected by the First Amendment. “There is a bone in my ***** six inches long. I will ream out every wrinkle in your ****.” Those sentences are from the opening pages of Henry Miller’s first novel, “Tropic of Cancer,” which was published in France in 1934. Are they obscene? It took thirty years, but American courts eventually decided that they are not, and therefore the book they appear in cannot be banned.” (via The New Yorker)
Editors Note: I added the * to the post. The actual article has the dirty words.
“Several House Democrats have put forward legislation that would ban schools and libraries from banning Internet access to LGBT material, which is sometimes blocked by filters aimed at keeping out obscene content. The Don’t Block LGBTQ Act, from Rep. Mike Honda, D-Calif., is meant to ensure that young LGBT people are able to access material that might help them. We have seen how filters can block students and adults from useful resources, Honda told the Bay Area Reporter. Whether a gay man is learning how to come out or a transgender woman is finding trans-specific health care, the publicly funded Internet access should remain open to everyone in the LGBTQ community. Under current law, public schools and libraries that receive Internet subsidies are required to block out obscene material. But Honda’s office said too often, schools and libraries end up blocking useful LGBT resources that are not sexually explicit in any way.” (via Washington Examiner)
“Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” is allowed, but an illustrated history of World War II isn’t. A 700-page defense of racial segregation is fine, but not Langston Hughes’s poetry.Kinky paperback memoir? No problem. Suggestive Shakespearean sonnets? No way.Welcome to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, home to 140,000 prisoners and a list of 15,000 banned books.” (via The Washington Post)