by Josh Gross
Bill Cosby once said, ""I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone."
Of course some people don't like what Bill Cosby has to say, which lends creed to his words. The root of that split would seem to be that the things that ruffle feathers are the ones we say the least and therefore the ones most in need of saying.
Perhaps this is why if you peruse a list of the most commonly challenged and banned books, you'll notice that the list includes some of the best books ever written. And when you see that even innocuus childrens books like How To Eat Fried Worms, James and the Giant Peach and even Harry Potter—a book series which boosted kids interest in reading so much that medical journals actually tracked a decrease in emergency room admissions on weekends when books were released—are on high on the list, it makes you wonder what's wrong with people.
So today, take the opportunity to strike back. It's Banned Books Week, and Rediscovered Bookshop (180 Eighth St.) wants you to share your favorite banned book with anyone in earshot. Just stop by and sign up to take a shift reading from a banned book.
The event runs 12:30-1:30 p.m. for the rest of the week.