The title hints at one of the themes of the novel, which is that there are two Istanbuls, the one above ground and the one below, and each is ‘transformed’ in sense through acts of creation and imagination. The prisoners transform their surroundings through imagination and fantasy, parables and riddles, and likewise the city above is changed by time and love.Read more "ISTANBUL ISTANBUL"
Borrow a challenged book.
Ask if any books in your library have been challenged – and why.
Start a Banned Book Club.Read more "Freedom to Read Week"
Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm Anyone can play along! Just do the following: • Grab your current read • Open to a random page • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too […]Read more "A Teaser Tuesday about Book Burning"
Today marks the 60th anniversary of the day that D.H. Lawrence’s novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover was finally available for sale in the United Kingdom, after a landmark legal battle when the book’s publishers faced an obscenity trial because of the book’s supposedly lewd content. The Prosecution famously asked the jury “Is it a book that you would […]Read more "“Is it a book that you would even wish your wife or your servants to read?”"
Born in Vienna, she first found fame – notoriety, in fact – for appearing naked in the 1933 Czech film Ekstace (the film is also noteworthy for depicting the first orgasm in cinema history.)Read more "Hedy Lamarr: Actress & Inventor"
Eight Men Speak, Oscar Ryan`s 1933 political drama, was staged only once, has the dubious distinction of being the only play banned in Canada for political reasons.Read more "Screaming at the Rafters"
Where they have burned books, they will end up burning human beings – Heinrich HeineRead more "Get Caught Reading During Freedom to Read Week"
Certain curse-words are so common now, argues linguist Stephen Pinker, that they lose their taboo effect, something for which the late comedian George Carlin would be gratefulRead more "F*%# You! Swearing is good for you"