Episode 23: Look at This Tangle of Thorns

American Library Association > Frequently Challenged Books > Infographics and Statistics


I was within and without simultaneously enchanted and repulsed by the inexhaustible variety of life.

The Great Gatsby



selection of books from 2015, including the Bible


Sometimes the Bible in the hands of one man is worse than a whisky in the hands of another…There are just some kinds of men who—who’re so busy worryng about the next world they’ve never learned to live in this one, and you can look down the street and see the results.

To Kill a Mockingbird



I have the feeling that something in my mind is poisoning everything else.



ALA: List of Most Frequently Challenged Books 1990-1999

ALA: List of Most Frequently Challenged Books 2000-2009

ALA: List of Most Frequently Challenged Books: Classics


No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart.

The Great Gatsby


Most challenges are due to diversity in content:


selection of books from 2016
diversity challenge examples, from 2016

We had been everywhere. We had really seen nothing. And I catch myself thinking today that our long journey had only defiled with a sinuous trail of slime the lovely, trustful, enormous country that by then, in retrospect, was no more to us but than a collection of dog-eared maps, ruined tour books, old tires, and her sobs in the night—every night, every night—the moment I feigned sleep.



Books read in this episode


All books in this episode and in this post have been added to the podcast’s Goodreads bookshelf.

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