Happy Banned Books Week! Exercise your right to read this week by picking up a classic that has a history of being frequently challenged or banned. Here are some of the reasons why a few of our favorite classics were deemed worthy of a challenge or ban, courtesy of the ALA:

The Grapes of Wrath: Number three on the ALA’s list of frequently challenged and banned classics, Steinbeck’s masterpiece was burned by the East St. Louis, IL Public Library in 1939 due to “vulgar words,” and challenged at the Cummings High School in Burlington, NC because the “book is full of filth.” Well, that’s one way to describe the book’s Dust Bowl setting.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest: Ken Kesey’s seminal work was the subject of a lawsuit filed by five residents of Strongsville, OH against the board of education in 1974, where the plaintiffs claimed the novel “glorifies criminal activity, has a tendency to corrupt juveniles and contains descriptions of bestiality, bizarre violence, and torture, dismemberment, death, and human elimination.” Yikes.

Lord of the Flies: Perhaps the most ubiquitous curriculum book today was once challenged at the Owen, NC High School in 1981 because it is “demoralizing inasmuch as it implies that man is little more than an animal.” And yet, generations of readers have been moved by the story of a boy named Piggy and Golding’s warning of what happens when civilized humans regress to their more primitive nature.

Of Mice and Men: In addition to dozens of challenges simply due to profanity, this classroom classic was also challenged as a summer youth program reading assignment in Chattanooga, TN in 1989 because “Steinbeck is known to have had an anti-business attitude,” and because “he was very questionable as to his patriotism.” Hm. Interesting.

The Call of the Wild: This classic tale of survival through the eyes of a sled dog currently undergoing a pop-culture resurgence seems perfectly innocent, right? Apparently not, because it was banned in Italy and Yugoslavia in 1929, and burned in Nazi bonfires in 1933 due to Jack London’s socialist views.

Sons and Lovers: This may be our favorite: in 1961, the Oklahoma City-based group Mothers United for Decency displayed books deemed offensive in a trailer they dubbed the “smutmobile.” For our beloved big orange Penguin Book Truck last year, full of classics like D.H. Lawrence’s acclaimed novel, we’re pretty sure we never used such a term.

anonymous asked:

.... What's the bettypocalypse of 2014?

u cam search the bettypocalypse tag also its on knowyourmeme but tldr the episode called Betty was announced and everyone went wild n edited bettys face on literally everything-

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The poor kid's going to cry (Baby-Doll)

The poor kid’s going to cry (Baby-Doll)

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It’s October 1, 1994, a week before “Time Out of Joint.” The top song is “I’ll Make Love to You” by Boyz II Men, who are having a very good couple of years. Luther Vandross and Sheryl Crow also chart. The top movie is something called The River Wild; Timecop, Forest Gump, and Natural Born Killers are also in the top ten. In the news, Iraqi and U.S. troop buildup along the Kuwait-Iraq border…

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Korra:  Raava, I missed you. Where have you been?
Raava: I have always been inside of you.


There is an ecstasy that marks the summit of life, and beyond which life cannot rise. And such is the paradox of living, this ecstasy comes when one is most alive, and it comes as a complete forgetfulness that one is alive.
—  Jack London, The Call of the Wild

“… a horrible decision, really.”

I had a lot of fun designing these and figuring them out and I’m so glad everyone else liked them! Nick and Judy really do have that Flynn and Rapunzel dynamic, and I love it. 

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… gosh i love these two, I should draw them more. All the time.

fanon fenris: has a hair-trigger temper that goes off at the slightest mention of magic, swears all the time, violently threatens party members all the time, gets violent and aggressive every time hawke is pro-mage in a quest

canon fenris:  is always calm, mostly polite, and in control of himself aside from when he confronts his abusers (and when he’s mean to merrill. fenris ilu but no stop), never attacks or threatens any of your party members (yes, even anders), voices his disapproval but otherwise goes along with it if hawke is pro-mage

fanon fenris: picks on anders at every opportunity, is apparently seething with hatred for him, calls him an abomination literally every other word

canon fenris: doesn’t actually start most of their arguments; anders does (trust me, i checked), sounds bored in most of their conversations, is never violent towards anders, calls him an abomination in ONE conversation in the base game, and once in one of the dlcs

edit: fenris DOES threaten anders if hawke romances anders after fenris, specifically “break their heart and I’ll kill you”, but i will argue that even that is done out of love rather than him being an uncontrollable angry monster who does nothing but hate anders 24/7