It's that time of the year again: Banned Books Week
It's time to be subversive: Read a book or 100 that someone somewhere decided was inappropriate.
What a sad joke to perpetrate on an open-minded populace.
Our world has evolved to the point that one complaint about a thing, be it a book or an expression, or an activity can get it removed from public consumption.
This is wrong, appalling, and comes from a base of fear as opposed to reason.
I'm all for complaining when it's necessary. It's about the only way things change.
But when one complaint comes in and it is acted on rather than sticking with what the majority wants, then it bothers me. If a thing is to be changed, let it come from a groundswell of opinion, not one whiner with hurt feelings.
But, back to books.
I've read many of the books on the list.
Lolita should be required reading for Nabokov's gorgeous use of the language.
Banning The Satanic Verses did Salman Rushdie a favour. It made people want to read it, myself included. While reading a book is never a waste of time, that was close. (NB the whole fatwa thing is bad.)
It's a free country and we should be free to read what we want and form our own opinions about.
That's the other problem with book banning, some one else's opinion is being forced on us. I don't like being told what to think, and I especially don’t like being deprived of materials which can be used to form an opinion.
Let everyone else and me be free to read as we please.