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It’s Banned Book Week and Mike Royko’s Birthday!! Savor the irony.

Show me somebody who is always smiling, always cheerful, always optimistic, and I will show you somebody who hasn’t the faintest idea what the heck is really going on.

Mike Royko

On a related note, George Orwell’s 1984 is the most banned book in history. I love that To Kill A Mockingbird is high on the list – the reason why need not be spoken here but is highly illustrative of the problem.

Here is the story on Modern Book banning in the NYT:

Attempts to Ban Books Are Accelerating

Attempts to ban books are accelerating across the country at a rate never seen since tracking began more than 20 years ago, according to a new report from the American Library Association.

So far in 2022, there have been attempts to ban or restrict access to 1,651 different titles, the group found, up from challenges to 1,597 books in 2021, the year with the highest number of complaints since the group began documenting book challenges decades ago.