gwalla: (magma)
A lit of the 110 most banned books. Bold the ones you've read completely, italicize the ones you've partially read.

  1. The Bible
  2. Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  3. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  4. The Koran
  5. Arabian Nights
  6. Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  7. Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
  8. Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer (Prologue)
  9. Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  10. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
  11. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
  12. Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  13. Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  14. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  15. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  16. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  17. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  18. Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin
  19. Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
  20. Essays by Michel de Montaigne
  21. Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  22. History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
  23. Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  24. Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
  25. Ulysses by James Joyce
  26. Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio
  27. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  28. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
  29. Candide by Voltaire
  30. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  31. Analects by Confucius
  32. Dubliners by James Joyce
  33. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  34. Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  35. Red and the Black by Stendhal
  36. Das Kapital by Karl Marx
  37. Les Fleurs du Mal by Charles Baudelaire
  38. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - I may have completed this, but I can't remember
  39. Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence
  40. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  41. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
  42. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  43. Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  44. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
  45. Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx
  46. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  47. Diary by Samuel Pepys
  48. Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  49. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
  50. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  51. Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
  52. Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant
  53. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
  54. Praise of Folly by Desiderius Erasmus
  55. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  56. Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X
  57. Color Purple by Alice Walker
  58. Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  59. Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke
  60. Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  61. Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
  62. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  63. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  64. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  65. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  66. Confessions by Jean Jacques Rousseau
  67. Gargantua and Pantagruel by Francois Rabelais
  68. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes
  69. The Talmud
  70. Social Contract by Jean Jacques Rousseau
  71. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  72. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence
  73. American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
  74. Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler
  75. Separate Peace by John Knowles
  76. Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  77. Red Pony by John Steinbeck
  78. Popol Vuh
  79. Affluent Society by John Kenneth Galbraith
  80. Satyricon by Petronius
  81. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  82. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  83. Black Boy by Richard Wright
  84. Spirit of the Laws by Charles de Secondat Baron de Montesquieu
  85. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  86. Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
  87. Metaphysics by Aristotle
  88. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  89. Institutes of the Christian Religion by Jean Calvin
  90. Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse
  91. Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
  92. Sanctuary by William Faulkner
  93. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  94. Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
  95. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
  96. Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  97. General Introduction to Psychoanalysis by Sigmund Freud
  98. Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
  99. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Alexander Brown
  100. Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burges
  101. Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest J. Gaines
  102. Emile Jean by Jacques Rousseau
  103. Nana by Emile Zola
  104. Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
  105. Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
  106. Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  107. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
  108. Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Peck
  109. Ox-Bow Incident by Walter Van Tilburg Clark
  110. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Guess I'm not that well-read, at least with regards to "subversive" literature.

EDIT: Missed a couple
gwalla: (magma)
Grab the nearest book.
Open the book to page 23.
Find the fifth sentence.
Post the text of the sentence in your journal, along with these instructions.

"They want to be offended and Jackie's happy to do it, bypassing his own boozy state to do a detailed imitation of a drunk."
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Haven't done a meme in a while. From [ profile] packy:

Name a CD you own that you think no-one else on your friends list does.

Too many options. How about Koenjihyakkei - Hundred Sights of Koenji? Or Strangulated Beatoffs - Reverse Child Psychology.

Name a book you own that you think no-one else on your friends list does.

The Liar by Stephen Fry

Name a movie you own on DVD/VHS/whatever that you think no-one else on your friends list does.
Nosferatu by F. W. Murnau

Name a place that you have visited that you think no-one else on your friends list has.
Gresham, Oregon.
gwalla: (magma)
There's a new comic book company out Egypt, doing superhero comics (with both English and Arabic editions). Most are set in a future unified middle east where most Jews, Christians, and Muslims live together in peace, but which is threatened by extremist groups like the "United Liberation Front" and the "Army of Zios".
gwalla: (Default)
Well, I'm 26 as of today. Yay me!

Last night I got part of one birthday present: I went to see Art Spiegelman talk at a local bookstore and get my copy of "In the Shadow of No Towers" (the other half of the present) signed. I actually got there late, but it was okay because he'd delayed the start of the talk so everyone could watch the VP debate. The bookstore even set up TVs so everyone there could watch. I only caught the closing remarks. When entering, the staff warned everyone that "Mr. Spiegelman will smoke during tonight's talk." And at the beginning of the talk, the MC reiterated, "Mr. Spiegelman will smoke during his talk...but you don't get to." Art's talk was very interesting: he read bits of the book (which I recommend, BTW), talked about his approach to comics structure and how it's changed over the years, talked about the early history of the comic strip, and was generally witty and entertaining.


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