Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Jon Stewart book banned - then reinstated.

Just in case you didn't see this on the national news, a small library in Mississippi (Jackson-George Regional Library System) banned the book by Jon Stewart (yes, the one from the Daily Show), America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction. The regional library board took this action last week, but quickly overturned their ruling today - just a couple of days after the story hit the national news. It seems that the graphic of Supreme Court justices' superimposed over naked bodies caused the stir.

It's always amazing to me as a librarian that people can get so worked up about a book that they think it wise to disallow others from seeing it.

See the story on CNN.com - Library board puts Jon Stewart's book back on shelves. For more info on "banned books" see the American Library Association's page at BannedBooks Week



CSBSJULibrary said...

Both Alcuin and Clemens Library have purchased a copy of this book for their collections. It is currently being processed, but check it out once it is on the shelve!

Matt said...

best. book. ever.

Anonymous said...

If you like "America", you'll probably like "What's the matter with Kansas? How conservatives won the heart of America" -- it's quite a bit more subdued, but has a humor all of its own.

Anonymous said...

If you thought this book was cool, two more titles that might be of interest: Lies (and the lying liars who tell them) : a fair and balanced look at the right, by Al Franken; and Parliament of whores : a lone humorist attempts to explain the entire U.S. government by P.J. O'Rourke. The latter is a bit older (1991), but Al Franken's book is a humorous read, especially if you are on the liberal side of things.

Both of these titles are in the library.