You may already have heard that this is Banned Books Week, a venerable event established 33 years ago by the American Library Association (ALA). Like me, you may have walked into your local bookstore and seen a display of “banned books,” a display designed to stoke indignation and righteous First Amendment fury

My goodness, I said to myself as I walked up to the display, they banned Where’s Waldo? What’s the world coming to?

Upon closer inspection, and a little bit of Googling, it turns out many of these banned books were merely “challenged” — which means one or two ignorant and/or censorious parents filed a complaint with their local school or library about some innocent tome Read more…

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