Monday, May 07, 2007

Two New Challenges: OF MINE AND MEN and AND TANGO MAKES THREE

Apparently books that begin with a conjunction or a preposition are a big no-no, as evidenced by two new challenges, one of Of Mine and Men (in Texas) and one of And Tango Makes Three (in Stockon, California).

The comments under the latter article are interesting. As I've blogged before, I think folks are verrrrrry tired of these self-appointed book censors.

7 Comments:

Blogger Andrew said...

Of Mice and Men?

10:23 PM  
Blogger Kelly Fineman said...

I'm certain that you're correct, and that the essay by Harry Frankfurt (now a book), On Bullshit has been or will be challenged as well. Because of the preposition, naturally.

6:03 AM  
Blogger J. L. Bell said...

"And" is a conjunction, not a preposition.

11:46 AM  
Anonymous Jonathan said...

Just wanted to point out that Tango was the #1 challenged book of 2006. Check it out:

"And Tango Makes Three" tops ALA's 2006 list of most challenged books

Of Mice & Men fell off the list last year - but it looks like it could be back this year!

1:53 PM  
Blogger a. fortis said...

Interesting post. I live about an hour south of Lodi, where And Tango Makes Three was challenged, though I hadn't heard about that. California's Central Valley is an interesting place as far as attitudes are concerned (especially for someone like me, having moved here from the Bay Area). There are a large number of towns that have grown exponentially in the past ten or twenty years--and Lodi is one of them--and because it is a comparatively conservative area there are a lot of longtime residents who do see themselves as looking out for small-town, heartland values. It makes for a huge disparity in attitudes--so I'm not entirely surprised that the book was challenged OR that plenty of people reacted against the challenge.

Thanks for the alert!

9:21 AM  
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