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Amazon Prime Video has released a series based on stories by Philip K. Dick. It's called Electric Dreams.
Click here to see the trailer for Stephen Spielberg's Ready Player One, currently scheduled to debut March 30th. Look for the DeLorean. (Hint-it's moving quickly and is black and you're more likely to find it if you watch one of the explanatory videos that elaborates on the trailer.) If you want to, stay on the YouTube page and see lots more about Ready Player One. After all, it's a movie about the native online generation.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Banned Books I Noted during my Docent Tour

I mentioned to Claudia I too went to the Banned, Burned, Seized.... Books exhibit at The Ransom Center - on a day when they had a docent-led tour. I wrote down the names of the books that piqued my interest (in notes-taken order):

Oil by Upton Sinclair. The only note I made about that one is that the exhibit had the "fig leaf" edition wherein a black fig-leaf-shaped blotch covered the censored parts.
Jungle - about meat packing in Chicago, also by Sinclair.
The Sex Side of Life
Who's Obscene (I think this was the name of a book)
The Tropic of Cancer, banned until 1961.
The Children's Hour
It Can't Happen Here, Sinclair Lewis
Passing by Nella Larsen
Strange Fruit, Lillian Smith
Forever Amber, Kathleen Winsor - these last 2 were editions that were shaped to fit a soldier's pocket.

Finally, an article in 1944 The Easy Chair by Bernard DeVoto
Pam Fuchs


Atrox said...

I recommend a rereading of It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis. Somehow it seems more plausible than ever today.

ClaudiaH said...

Thanks for posting these, Pam. I almost but was hesitant to post the list you sent me, since they were your personal choices. Seems Sinclair Lewis was on that list often. I wonder whether he got to the point where he tried to get on the list with a new book, just to see whether he could do it.