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Get outta here

Okay, so I missed it.
Banned Books Week was last week, but it's never too late to celebrate, is it?
Actually, we probably should have a Banned Books Decade or maybe a Banned Books Year. That's how much energy gets expended when people get riled up about a book or two.
It's not a book or two, to be accurate. Since 1982, 11,300 books have been challenged, according to the American Library Association. Why, it seems like only yesterday when the public was up in arms over "Lolita." But it was really 60 years ago.
And it's been about that long since Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451" shocked American readers.
And it's been just 35 years since the Supreme Court spoke to the issue of school boards banning books. You may not recall the case, but the court found that "a school board's discretionary power is secondary to the First Amendment and the board could not ban books from its library simply because its members disagree with the content.
Since there are a lot of new books out every year, there are a lot of new ones to hate.
Some of the same old ones are banned, though. They often include "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" of even "Huckleberry Finn."
So many books, so little time!
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