Sherman Alexie on book banning

Sherman Alexie is one of the first writers that made me want to write.

Below he discusses the “absurdity of book banning.”

 . . . the one thing i always sniffed out instantly was condescension, and as soon as an adult condescended to me I shut them out completely. And actually, I think most literature designed for young people is condescending and when they run into a book that is not, a book that is realistic, that deals with their emotions and their lives in a respectful, honest, often bloody and painful way uh… you know they’re invigorated, they’re excited. I mean they go crazy!
 . . . I fully support [the right of parents] to decide what their children read, but they don’t get to decide what other children read, they don’t get to decide what a community reads . . .
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Sherman Alexie
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Thanks again, Sherman!

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I'm a rock-n-roller poet who left the Big Apple for the Big Sky Desert where I've been letting it be and grooving with universal love, singing to the gods, dancing with the muses and bicycling with dreamtime messengers. I like altering my reality through imagination, movement, breath, and makin' stuff.

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