Today is the Last Day

of Banned Books week.  Betcha didn't know that was coming!

I celebrated by buying Rabbit, Run, since I've never read Updike (despite being inspired by his wisdom) and am somewhat ashamed of that fact.  A close second would have been Nabokov; I finally watched Lolita last summer and am intrigued enough to want to read the original.

However, I have my doubts about the criteria used to create the list.  Apparently the Lord of the Rings was burned outside a community church in New Mexico in 2001 for being "Satanic."  Considering it's in every Christian geek's Top 10, I don't think one fringe group's antics merits its placement on a list that implies controversy and edginess.  Aaaand I suppose the only reason Chuck Palahniuk, David Sedaris, et al didn't make the list is that no one is crazy enough to suggest they be studied by adolescents.

For those who are curious, I've read 16 of the 46 books.  17 if you count Ulysses, which I'm pretty sure I'll never get all the way through.  That thing is nuts.