July 24, 2006

I See Naked People (But Wal-Mart Doesn't)

by PG

(I was at Amazon to order a copy of Anonymous Lawyer. You should do the same!)

From an Amazon plog:

Wal-Mart Cites Nude Supreme Court Justices in Stewart Case
I found the American Booksellers for Free Expression Web site (ABBFE) to be fascinating reading, especially their Banned Books Week Handbook, a handy guide to books that have been banned or challenged in the past year. The site also provides details about where these books were challenged and why (vulgar language, depictions of racism, and violent imagery are oft-cited reasons), with links to more information about the cases.
Here, for your reading pleasure, are just a few of the old and titles that have have had a run for their money in 2006:
How to Make Love Like a Porn Star: A Cautionary Tale by Jenna Jameson
Forever by Judy Blume
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Teenage Guy's Survival Guide: The Real Deal on Girls, Growing Up, and Other Guy Stuff by Jeremy Daldry
All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
Then there is my favorite: America (The Book) by Jon Stewart, was rejected by Wal-Mart and banned by two libraries in southern Missisippi "due to nude photographs of the nine U.S. Supreme Court Justices."
--Rebecca, Books Editor
Hopefully the Wal-Mart buyer realized that those weren't actually the justices' bodies. Of course, Amazon's existence nullifies Wal-Mart's effect; as long as he has a credit card, access to the internet and a mailing address, anyone who couldn't get the book from the latter just bought it through the former. The libraries' refusal to carry the book is more problematic, because people who couldn't afford the book themselves and rely on taxpayer-supported community services wouldn't be able to borrow it.

July 24, 2006 10:03 PM | TrackBack

I'm a sucker for banned books. Are you familiar with Banned Books Week? The Harry Potter books have, of course, had their share of challenges, and Judy Blume is apparently one of the most challenged authors.

Posted by: Ruth at July 26, 2006 12:07 AM
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