burning-book-big380My latest column for Tablet,in honor of Banned Books Week, is here.

It’s an annotated poem about censorship in the style of Shel Silverstein (I mean, I tried — there’s only one Shel Silverstein) with references to actual cases of book-banning and book-challenging.

Here’s the start of the poem, entitled A Pile of Vile Books:

Why is the baby not wearing a diaper?

It’s really incredibly wrong.

Your National Book Award means less than bubkes

O Sendak, draw pants on that schlong!

Read the rest here.

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