The Georgia Literature Commission, 1953-1973

February 20, 2014

Ga Lit Commission graphic

Yesterday The Paris Review Daily posted a brief history of a government-established and government funded censorship board. That government was the State of Georgia.

Read the scary story…and let it remind you that those “good ole days” were, in some respects, not so good at all.

The Paris Review Daily story includes a link to a previous retrospective look at the GLC that the Washington Post blog GovBeat recently published; the GovBeat article is based on a 2000 article in the Georgia Historical Quarterly written by Georgia State University professor Gregory Lisby.

The graphic above is from the cover of an edition of Georgia author Erskine Caldwell’s God’s Little Acre that The Paris Review Daily uses in its story.


Americans Love Their Libraries!

December 14, 2013


But then you knew that.

Read the poll results described in a recent issue of The Atlantic.

Submitted by Atlanta-based library lover Franklin Abbott

‘Sequestration’ and the Library of Congress

May 11, 2013

The New York Times‘ has published an article about how the U.S. Congress’ recently-implemented automatic budget cuts (aka the “sequestration”) is affecting the Library of Congress.

Would that the work of the modern-day Library of Congress were limited to the needs of the individual members of Congress itself!  Or that the Congressional Research Staff would start responding to Congress members’ requests for information with some sort of boiler-plate message that begins “Due to the across-the-board cuts in the federal budget that your colleaguesrecently approved, we are sorry to inform you that…”!

Found at PhiloBiblos

Turkish Government Lifts Ban on 23,000 Books

January 22, 2013

Earlier this month, Melville House published the details.

Found via The Paris Review Daily

How a Book Influenced a President’s Decision

March 21, 2012

Most readers can point to a book (or to several books) that changed the way they think about something.

Can a book read by a U.S. President change the course of history?

Apparently, at least one book did.


Found at Reader’s Almanac

“Americans Don’t Burn Books”

August 12, 2011

An editorial by James Cannon Boyce, posted to Salon.

(Although I remember a Florida minister threatening to burn a copy of the Koran, I hadn’t heard that there are people planning to do this on the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks.)