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Posted on May 15, 2022 at 11:25 AM

The issue of book-banning is getting some attention right now, as it has in the past and should at any time. Banning books is just another way of suppressing free speech. If a book espouses violence against society or any segment of society, I would hope that it would die on the vine of marketing for lack of appeal to a sufficient population to be economically viable. That should be true of any material that is socially vile; denied acceptance by the general public. Banning shouldn’t be necessary in a decent society. But maybe we aren’t as decent as my naivety suggests. I wrote on Facebook that ‘I want to write a book that is so good it gets banned’. It may sound humorous, but I wasn’t really joking. Look at the titles that are being banned: To Kill a Mockingbird, Huckleberry Finn and so many other books that hold a mirror up to society and say, “Is this who we really are?” So, I mean it when I say “I want to write a book that is so good it gets banned,” and THAT should make it economically viable. Just look at the bookstore displays and sales records on ‘banned books’.


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