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Tuesday, October 7, 2008


Ink on watercolor paper.

It seems like any book can be banned or censored by someone for any kind of reason, but of course the traditional text oppressors tend to be totalitarian governments and religious extremists of all stripes. On the up side this demonstrates that the written word still holds power, even in this "post-literate" world!

These bookmarks went into the following books, of which I'm happy to say I've read many:

The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
Animal Farm - George Orwell
As I Lay Dying - William Faulkner
Burger's Daughter - Nadine Gordimer
Candide - Voltaire
The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
Doctor Zhivago - Boris Pasternak
Areopagitica - John Milton
The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
Tropic of Cancer - Henry Miller - funny note: the library seems to have the same printing as the one I read in university after seeing a movie about Anaïs Nin.
Satanic Verses - Salman Rushdie - unfunny note: author under death threat - one translator killed, one seriously injured, one publisher seriously injured, and 37 people killed in an attacked aimed at another translator. Seriously scary.

So read a banned book today and make a dictator or extremist sad!

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