NLB: Ban these books/films too.

First done by Bertha Henson.

On the Iliad, by Joshua Chiang.

Ng Yi-Sheng on What You Can Do About it.

Article on the banning of books by NLB on Today Online.

(Updated 23:50, 10 Jul 2014: Clarified several of the entries, improved formatting.)

(Updated 00:00, 11 Jul 2014: Added link to Joshua Chiang’s open letter)

(Updated 00:015, 11 Jul 2014: Added link Ng Yi-Sheng’s appeal to writers and readers)

I considered applying for a job at NLB a short while ago, and I figured that with all this brouhaha on whether or not certain books should be banned I should take the opportunity to buff up my resumé by recommending more books to ban. Now, what many people don’t understand is how much of an impact literature and film make on a young mind. I had a friend in Primary 5 who introduced me to Tom Clancy’s (RIP) testosterone-pumped novels. He subsequently wrote the word “fuck” in one of his essays, and was promptly dragged off to the principal’s office. With what I can only assume is timely intervention from the moral authorities, he went on to become a productive member of society (might even be a pastor somewhere. Not quite sure. I haven’t had the benefit of such intervention myself). So yes, keep morally suspect books out of children’s hands. Unfortunately, there have been several books that have been flying under the moral radar for ages. Here I have attempted to list books that I would identify as anti-family, subversive, and maybe even downright vile:

(Right now all these are just notes in point form. To be fleshed out in a while, but right now I’ve got other things to do. But check it out — you know I’m right)

(Disclaimer: I’ve got work to do, so this is all you’re probably getting for a long while. If someone is willing pay me, this can be extended to a fully cited academically written article. Because all these queer readings are there, it just takes a less inhibited mind to see it.)