Truman Capote, Summer Crossing
— Jeffrey Eugenides
"The first can hit me anywhere, though it’s most often when I am watching television or looking out the window of a train or subway, and it’s that there is a head resting on my shoulder that must have been there the whole time that I haven’t noticed until now, and in the fantasy, or because of the fantasy-it is hard to tell the difference- I suddenly feel this surge of something like the combination of saftey and elation knowing that every sight I see, no matter how small, is now important, because it’s shared. I don’t need to look at the on my shoulder, and I never do, because what’s so important to me is not what the person looks like, but that we are seeing the same thing."
One More Thing
Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated
Elizabeth Wurtzel, Prozac Nation
— Sylvia Plath
Tennessee Williams, “Blue Song”
Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
It’s Banned Books Week!
I think I speak for all of us when I say that challenging or banning books just makes us want to read them more. Here’s what I’ve been reading this week so far on the subject of books and censorship:Banned Books Week.org
The Top 10 Challenged Titles
Books Challenged or Banned 2012-2013
11 Quotes From Authors On Censorship & Banned Books
15 Books Banned For The Most Absurd Reasons Ever
12 Crazy Reasons Why Books Have Been Banned
12 Signs You’re A Banned Book Reader
On the “Banned” Wagon: The Month in Book Challenges
America’s Most Surprising Banned Books
A Chat With Rainbow Rowell About Love and Censorship
Penguin Presents: Authors Stand Up for Free Speech
Patrick Ness’s Top 10 ‘Unsuitable’ Books for Teenagers
Giving Voice to the Voiceless: Author Ellen Hopkins
"She was extending a hand that I didn’t know how to take, so I broke its fingers with my silence."