If you were wondering whether they still ban books

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The answer is yes. And thanks to the freedom of information represented by the Internets, we can now track book bannings on a handy interactive map.

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There’s some usual suspects, like Huckleberry Finn and Catcher in the Rye. And a few surprises, like the objection to Black Hawk Down in Raceland, Louisiana, where you might imagine that Mark Bowden’s politically nuetral military potboiler would go down well. Among my favorite ironies: Curtis Sittenfeld’s Prep was pulled from a Prep school right here in SoCal.


Joshuah Bearman has written about CIA missions, jewel thieves, deranged private investigators, aspiring Fabios, bitter rivalry among dueling Santa Clauses, and the metaphysical implications of being the world's greatest Pac Man player. His article for Wired became the movie Argo. More from this author →