Not Just Any Old Amendment

In this dominion of progressive politics, it’s easy to forget that other parts of the country aren’t quite as accepting. In July, Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five was banned from a Missouri school district when a Missouri State University professor complained about the book “contain[ing] so much profane language, it would make a sailor blush with shame,” as if teenagers are rushing to a 42-year-old novel about a time-traveling World War II soldier to get their illicit thrills. Righteously, the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library responded by offering 150 free copies of the book to students. Banned by the Bay is a weeklong series of events marking the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week, with events throughout the city exploring the First Amendment and our inalienable yet ever-threatened right to read and write books that may offend or anger. "Let’s Talk Freadom" features media and human rights lawyer Kirk Boyd speaking about the history of censorship in the United States and the state of the First Amendment in libraries and schools across the nation, which is more tenuous than we might want to believe.
Wed., Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m., 2011

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