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Ban My Book—Please!

Do Jews no longer push cultural buttons?

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Banned Book Week has come around once again, and the American Library Association has released its list of the ten most banned/challenged books of the decade. In the 1990s, Jews dominated the list: Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories series (#1), Judy Blume’s Forever (#7), Lesléa Newman’s Heather Has Two Mommies (#9), and J.D. Salinger’s Overrated in the Rye (#10). Now, Schwartz, who died in 1992, has dropped to #7, and the rest of the list is Judenfrei.

This brings about mixed emotions. I don’t like censorship. Censorship is bad. But on the other hand, the Tribe’s ability to push buttons fills me with counter-cultural pride. Apparently, Jews don’t do this anymore. Ouch.

The new list, after the jump.

1. Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling 

2. Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor 

3. The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier 

4. And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell
5. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck 

6. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou 

7. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
8. His Dark Materials (series), by Philip Pullman 

9. ttyl; ttfn; l8r g8r (series), by Myracle, Lauren 

10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky

The Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books [ALA]

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Dang, we Jews need to get on the stick and OFFEND MORE PARENTS. Looking on the bright side, if you check out the top 20 list for the decade, you get three more tribe members: Robie Harris, Blume and Salinger. And if you check School Library Journal’s censorship section you see that YA novelist Adam Rapp and some diarist named Anne Frank have been censored or removed from schools in this decade. So we got that going for us, which is nice.

Lisa Kaiser says:

I am certain that we will make a stronger effort in the future to be more offensive to more parents! We are always on the cutting edge of culture, so its just a matter of time oefore more books by more Jews are banned.

I don’t wish to criticize a light-hearted article, but I hope everyone realizes that, in any meaningful sense, none of these books have been banned in the US. Sure, they may have been removed from some school’s or school districts’s library or assigned reading list, but all of them are easily obtainable for purchase online or even at local bookstores and libraries. I raise this issue because claiming that books are banned in the US leads to the idea of moral equivalence between the US and places where books really are banned and therefore unavailable.

how about a banned words campaign?

as best i remember the post WWII canon (NOT cannon) was replete with Yinglish which we now hear regularly on the airwaves

“Overrated in the Rye”?

Dan Klein says:

@ Marjorie and Lisa: God willing, but where is THIS generations shondes?

@Bruce: Absolutely agree, and I wouldn’t want to suggest any equivalence–but the great thing about this country is that because dissent is so prized, even limited censorship is met with disgust.

@Chloe: my vote is to ban “literally”

@djp: I stand by it.

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