How One Person With A Pen Taught Me All About Censorship

September 26, 2014 12:31 PM

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How One Person With A Pen Taught Me All About Censorship

When I was a college student, I majored in English literature, which meant that I got to read a lot of novels for class -- and my course reading could be purchased for a song. Unlike my STEM classmates, most of my class syllabuses were filled with paperback novels and epic poems I could buy used for five bucks apiece at the campus bookstore.

When I bought a copy of The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides for a Contemporary Fiction class one semester, I applied my usual procedure: I grabbed a relatively clean-looking copy from the stack, flipped through the pages to check for excessive scribbling, and dropped it in my basket along with ...

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