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Mark Twain's Ghost Won't Rest

Lev Raphael | Posted 02.07.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

Currently, he haunts the Internet. He's constantly being quoted as saying encouraging, inspiring remarks your mother or your best friend might say to you when you're feeling miserable, or things you'd want on a thought-for-the-day calendar.

The House on Mango Street Goes to Trial: #MayaVsAZ

Tony_Diaz | Posted 03.02.2015 | Latino Voices
Tony_Diaz

Mayra Arce even resembles Esperanza, the protagonist in The House on Mango Street, one of the 80-plus books that were part of the Tucson Unified School District's K-12 Mexican-American studies curriculum before the program was dismantled under Arizona House Bill 2281. But Maya isn't the main character of a book. She's the main plaintiff in the lawsuit against Arizona.

Author Dan Brown: Science And Religion Are Partners

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 11.12.2014 | Religion

Author Dan Brown has sparked plenty of intellectual debate during his career as a novelist by exploring the relationship between science and religion....

How Do You Approach Sex in Fiction?

Warren Adler | Posted 01.10.2015 | Books
Warren Adler

I am well aware that any depiction of human relationships in a novel cannot ignore the fact that sex, however described or disguised, is a primal motivating condition of our existence. Indeed, even if the act itself is not referred to in action or description, it is always there, however coded, and can't be ignored by reader or writer.

JeffCo Students Give an Impressive Lesson in Patriotism -- Too Bad Their School Board Wasn't Listening

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley | Posted 12.03.2014 | Denver
Nathan Woodliff-Stanley

How disappointing that a majority of the school board chose to disregard student protests and pass a curriculum review proposal designed to identify "objectionable materials" in high school curricula, starting with U.S. history, presumably to remove those materials if they do not meet the ideological criteria of the school board members.

Banning Books Doesn't Work

Carl Fillichio | Posted 11.26.2014 | Books
Carl Fillichio

Although attempts to ban books are very disappointing, the reasons behind why people have tried to do so are worth exploring and create an excellent starting point for discussion and debate among readers.

An American Entrepreneur in Paris: How Sylvia Beach fought censorship

Steve Mariotti | Posted 11.25.2014 | Books
Steve Mariotti

Her story is legendary: an American bibliophile who brought her love of literature to Paris and created one of the most well-known and influential bookstores of the twentieth century, Shakespeare and Company.

Why ‘Book Ban' Is The Right Term For What Arizona Did To Mexican-American Studies

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 09.26.2014 | Latino Voices

There’s a word to describe books that can’t be taught in classrooms: “banned.”

Claire Fallon

How One Person With A Pen Taught Me All About Censorship

HuffingtonPost.com | Claire Fallon | Posted 09.26.2014 | Books

When I was a college student, I majored in English literature, which meant that I got to read a lot of novels for class -- and my course reading could...

I Will Always Buy Banned Books For My Kids

Devon Corneal | Posted 11.25.2014 | Parents
Devon Corneal

Until this week, I thought I was an average mom. I cook dinners, make lunches and oversee homework. I live in the suburbs. I drive a sensible car. Today, however, I discovered that I am a hard-core dissident bent on undermining the fabric of our society.

12 Banned Books Every Woman Should Read

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 09.25.2014 | Women

While it would be great if we were past the whole "banning books" thing, the fact remains that hundreds of books have their places in libraries or on ...

For A Writer, Being Banned Means You've Done Something Right

Felice Picano | Posted 11.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Felice Picano

The envelope was from Her Majesty's Inland Revenue and Customs Service, located at a dock outside London, England, addressed to the publisher of Gay P...

6 Outrageous Historical Book Bannings

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 09.23.2014 | Books

Tracing the history of book-banning presents obvious difficulties: Written history, especially prior to the most recent centuries, is far from complet...

Every Week Is Banned Books Week For Chicanos

Tony_Diaz | Posted 11.23.2014 | Latino Voices
Tony_Diaz

Every week is banned books week for Chicanos. In Arizona, two Chicana high school students, Maya Arce and Korina Lopez, await word of when their c...

Why These Teachers Are Assigning Banned Books

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Svokos | Posted 09.26.2014 | Books

While some parents want certain books removed from schools, teachers are remembering the important reasons to keep them in the classroom. This week...

Confronting My Temptation To Ban Books

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 11.22.2014 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

We all know that banning books is wrong. So why is it so tempting?

These Words From Banned Books Will Reaffirm Your Faith In Humanity (IMAGES)

The Huffington Post | Carina Kolodny | Posted 09.25.2014 | Books

When banned books come to mind, it's easy to imagine bonfires full of burning pages. Banned books would seem to be the stuff of darker days and dreari...

3 Children's Books Banned In Singapore Over Gay Storylines

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 07.13.2014 | Gay Voices

The National Library Board (NLB) in Singapore is standing by its decision to permanently remove from its shelves three children's books featuring plot...

Top 10 Chicano Films for M.A.S.

Tony_Diaz | Posted 08.17.2014 | Latino Voices
Tony_Diaz

We're fine-tuning the MAS Texas Took Kit to help any K-12 teacher to incorporate Mexican American Studies. This can range from implementing an entire curriculum to using one lesson plan for a particular unit or obvious time of year such as Hispanic Heritage Month.

11 Controversial Books That We Totally Read Anyway

Posted 12.30.2014 | Entertainment

It's a sad truth, but some of our favorite books continue to be challenged and banned worldwide. While we think that it's tragic that this form of cen...

The Most Banned And Challenged Books Of 2013

AP | HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 04.16.2014 | Books

NEW YORK (AP) — The potty humor of "Captain Underpants" children's books and the mature exploration of race and family violence by Nobel laureate To...

Common Core, Capitalism and New York State's Social Studies Framework

Alan Singer | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics
Alan Singer

Contrary to Common Core-aligned curriculum that declares "free enterprise the pillar of the United States economy," I cannot find free enterprise described in any of the "founding" documents, or imbedded in the Constitution, of the United States.

The Doniger Controversy and the Need for Hindu Theologians

Anantanand Rambachan | Posted 05.10.2014 | Religion
Anantanand Rambachan

The need for Hindu theologians is indispensable. In their absence, the gap will be filled by many who lack training -- classically or academically -- who do a disservice to the theological universality.

The Deep Web Is Filled With Drugs, Porn And ... Book Lovers(!)

The Huffington Post | Betsy Isaacson | Posted 01.31.2014 | Technology

When the FBI arrested the mastermind behind “Silk Road,” the world’s largest online black market for drugs, they gummed up a beloved tradition o...

Book Bannings Are On The Rise

Posted 12.23.2013 | Books

It's been a busy year for The Kids’ Right to Read Project. The anti-censorship organization's coordinator, Acacia O'Connor, recently revealed that s...