Banned Books Week, 2013: Nick Burd, author, reflects on his work being challenged

Some reflections by Nick Burd, an author whose book had been challenged:

The language of the censor is the language of the tyrant, the absolutist, the one with no vision. It is the antithesis of art because it assumes that there is only one perspective, one reality, and that anything that fails to rhyme with it is a sin against nature. But the real sin against nature is to suffocate personal truths and experiences with wobbly doctrine and to disguise it as morally just. Art— particularly literature—exists to show us there are as many worlds as there are people. Each of these worlds come with its own laws. These laws vary from person to person, but if there is one that they have in common it is to share your truth. We owe it to our humanity and our short time among other humans to respect the truths that are shared with us. – Nick Burd

Sharing Your Truth | PEN American Center.

Banned Books Week, 2013: North Carolina School District bans Invisible Man | MobyLives

A school board in North Carolina has decided to erase Ralph Ellison‘s Invisible Man from its reading lists and library shelves following a parental complaint which claimed, among other things, that the book was not “innocent” enough for “young children.”

North Carolina School District bans Invisible Man | MobyLives.