Toothless, feel-good spectacle


Los Angeles times has a blog entry called "Banned Books Week -- does it matter?"

Blog entry opens with: Today's the start of Banned Books Week, an event founded by the American Library Assn. back in 1982 and observed -- and argued about -- ever since. The Times' book editor David Ulin takes a look at the annual event:

I'm ambivalent about Banned Books Week, which runs through Saturday. On the one hand, we clearly still need such a public affirmation, as the recent tumult over Sarah Palin and her "rhetorical" inquiries to the Wasilla, Alaska, public library show.

On the other, Banned Books Week offers up the sort of toothless, feel-good spectacle that makes us less likely to consider the actual ramifications of free expression.

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