September 22-28 was banned books week. People have a long history of banning books for various reasons, and although it is an issue that many people have forgotten about, it is still very much happening. Books are challenged at a local, community level all the time. A book called The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie was one of the most disputed books of 2012. It was taught in the english class at Cate School, a very rigorous prep school. It’s inspiring to see a school teach their students the importance of reading controversial literature, and the First Amendment.
Also, let’s try and get to page 55 (chapter 12) by next week.