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Archive for September, 2012

The Perks of Being a Wallflower fan: Stephen Chbosky coming to Cal Poly October 5

When library assistant Michele Wyngard (who together with Kristen Thorp is spearheading Kennedy Library’s Banned Books Week), told me that Stephen Chbosky would be visiting Cal Poly, I confess I squealed. I didn’t just squeal, actually. I squealed and jumped and waved my hands about in shock. Read more

It’s the end of the world as we know it (episode 1)

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(Cue Michael Stipe singing “blahdeeblahblahblahLeonardBurnstein!”)

This is episode 1 of 12.

In Episode 1 “It’s the End of the World As We Know It,” Kristen and I discuss books on ALA’s Top 100 Banned and Challenged Books of 2000-2009 that have dystopic themes.  Read more

Losing my religion, Part 1 (episode 2)

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This is episode 2 of 12.  Part 1.  …and yes, we are on an REM kick.

As you can see from the fact that this is a two-parter, there are a lot of the books on ALA’s Top 100 Banned and Challenged Books of the last decade that have been challenged for religious reasons, either “religious viewpoint” or “occult.” Read more

Losing my religion, Part 2 (episode 2)

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In Episode 2, Part 2 of “Losing My Religion,” Kristen and I continue our conversation about books on ALA’s Top 100 Banned and Challenged Books of the last decade that have been banned or challenged for religious reasons.  Here’s a plug for one book that I didn’t talk about that I absolutely loved- The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende.

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Rainbow connection (episode 3)

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In episode 3 “Rainbow Connection,” Kristen and I discuss books on ALA’s Top 100 Banned and Challenged Books of 2000-2009 that address homosexuality. Read more

War…what is it good for? (episode 10)

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In Episode 10 “War…What is It Good For?” Kristen and I talk about books on ALA’s Top 100 Banned and Challenged Books of 2000-2009 that have to do with war. Read more

Dammit (episode 11)

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This is episode 11 of 12.  Beware!  This podcast contains unsavory language, used sparsely for illustrative purposes…mostly. Read more