Subversive Library

May 27, 2009 at 2:20 pm Leave a comment

Kat Atreides is a student of a private high school that released a long list of books that students were not allowed to read.

I was absolutely appalled, because a large number of the books were classics and others that are my favorites. One of my personal favorites, The Catcher in the Rye, was on the list, so I decided to bring it to school to see if I would really get in trouble. Well… I did but not too much. Then (surprise!) a boy in my English class asked if he could borrow the book, because he heard it was very good AND it was banned!

Now she’s running an illegal library of 62 banned books (I shudder to think how long the list must be) out of her locker and the unoccupied locker next to hers. I love that students who had no previous interest in reading these classics are now hungry for their chance. Because she doesn’t want to cause mental harm to children unprepared to deal with the content of these dangerously subversive books (many of which were on my highschool’s curriculum), Kat doesn’t loan books to freshmen.

A sampling of the offending books in her catalogue:
– Animal Farm
– Catch-22
– A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
– The Catcher in the Rye
– The Canterbury Tales
– Candide
– The Divine Comedy
– The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
– Lord of the Flies
– One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
– Paradise Lost
– The Picture of Dorian Gray
– Slaughterhouse-5

Kudos, Kat. In my first year of university, students were getting special permission not to read Timothy Findley’s The Wars because they were certain they’d be irreparably damaged by the description of homosexual acts.

From Yahoo Answers: “Is it OK to run an illegal library from my locker at school?”


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