Monday, July 12, 2004
How daring are you? Do you read "bad books"?
Here's what to do: Copy the following list into your journal. Bold the books that you own or have read. Pass it on.
1984. George Orwell.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Mark Twain [Samuel L. Clemens].
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Lewis Carroll.
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl. Anne Frank
Arabian Nights or The Thousand and One Nights. Anonymous.
Beloved. Toni Morrison.
Brave New World. Aldous Huxley.
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. Dee Brown.
The Call of the Wild. Jack London.
Canterbury Tales. Geoffrey Chaucer.
Catcher in the Rye. J.D. Salinger.
The Celluloid Closet: Homosexuality in the Movies. Vito Russo.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Roald Dahl.
Clan of the Cave Bear. Jean Auel.
The Color Purple. Alice Walker.
The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm. Jacob and Wilhelm K. Grimm.
Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems. Galilei Galileo.
Different Seasons. Stephen King.
A Doll's House. Henrik Ibsen.
Don Quixote. Saavedra Miguel de Cervantes.
Earth Science. American Book.
The Egypt Game. Zilpha Keatley Snyder.
Fahrenheit 451. Ray Bradbury.
The Figure in the Shadows. John Bellairs.
Gone with the Wind. Margaret Mitchell.
Grapes of Wrath. John Steinbeck.
The Graphic Work of M.C. Escher. M.C. Escher.
Grendel. John C. Gardner.
Gulliver's Travels. Jonathan Swift.
Hamlet. William Shakespeare.
The Happy Prince and Other Stories. Oscar Wilde.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Maya Angelou.
It. Stephen King.
James and the Giant Peach. Roald Dahl.
King Lear. William Shakespeare.
Le Morte D'Arthur. Sir Thomas Malory.
The Life and Times of Renoir. Janice Anderson.
A Light in the Attic. Shel Silverstein.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. C.S. Lewis.
Little House in the Big Woods. Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Little House on the Prairie. Laura Ingalls Wilder.
The Lorax. Dr. Seuss.
The Lords of Discipline. Pat Conroy.
The Martian Chronicles. Ray Bradbury.
My Friend Flicka. Mary O'Hara.
The Odyssey. Homer.
On the Origin of Species. Charles B. Darwin.
Paradise Lost. John Milton.
Raisin in the Sun. Lorraine Hansberry.
The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock and Roll. Jim Miller, ed.
The Satanic Verses. Salman Rushdie.
Slaughterhouse-Five. Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Song of Solomon. Toni Morrison.
The Stand. Stephen King.
The Talmud. Soncino Pr.
To Kill a Mockingbird. Harper Lee.
Tom Jones. Henry Fielding.
Twelfth Night. William Shakespeare.
Uncle Tom's Cabin. Harriet Beecher Stowe.
Vasilissa the Beautiful: Russian Fairy Tales.
Welcome to the Monkey House. Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Where the Sidewalk Ends. Shel Silverstein.
Where's Waldo? Martin Handford.
The Witches of Worm. Zilpha Keatley Snyder.
A Wrinkle In Time. Madeleine L'Engle.
Zen Buddhism: Selected Writings. D.T. Suzuki.
List provided by http://title.forbiddenlibrary.com/
Banned Books Online: http://digital.library.upenn.edu/books/banned-books.html
The 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990–2000: http://www.ala.org/ala/oif/bannedbooksweek/bbwlinks/100mostfrequently.htm
Reasons for the Challenges: http://www.ala.org/ala/oif/bannedbooksweek/challengedbanned/challengedbanned.htm#mfcb
Along with banned books, there are now banned ideas such as evolution: http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn7647
What's next, the atomic theory?
An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all. - Oscar Wilde