As surely as night …
‘Maus’ Holocaust novel removed from classrooms by school board – The New York Times
The board voted unanimously to remove the Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel from classrooms because it contained swear words, according to minutes from the meeting. […]
After reading the minutes of the meeting, Mr. Spiegelman said he got the impression that the board members were asking, “Why can’t they teach a nicer Holocaust?”
… follows day.
Maus sales spike after Tennessee school board ban – Hyperallergic
The board’s decision is part of a wider trend of book banning in schools across the country. Books about gender and sexuality, race, and social inequality have been banned from public schools in Idaho, Oklahoma, Texas, Iowa, South Carolina, and other conservative states.
In an interview with CNBC last week, Spiegelman said he was “baffled” by the ban and called the school board’s behavior “Orwellian.”
Meanwhile, readers have voted with their wallets, giving Maus bestseller status more than four decades after it was first published.
One thought on “Can’t keep a good Maus down”
Ban alcohol, a subset of criminals arises to make it available. Ban abortion, the service is offered elsewhere, with greater risks. Ban books, the lucky authors get a surge in sales. The conservative mentality to ban what doesn’t fit the narrow level of acceptability fails to take into account human nature: where there is a demand, someone will fill it!
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