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From the Qin Dynasty to Concord, MA: A History of Book Banning

Words can be dangerous. Though we tend to think of censorship and book banning as modern phenomena, the prohibition of books has existed since the creation of the written word. In honor of Banned Book Week, I want to take a quick look back at censored books in history. Traditionally the people who banned books considered… Continue reading From the Qin Dynasty to Concord, MA: A History of Book Banning

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Sabrina the Teenage Witch Comics to Read before the TV Reboot

Sabrina the Teenage Witch brings back memories of the neon 90’s. It was a time when witches were blond, magic went sideways, and cat-familiars-that-were-once-warlocks-bent-on-world-domination looked like terrifying murder puppets. But now Sabrina will no longer live solely in the realm of nostalgia; the CW and Warner Bros. television are rebooting a drama based one Sabrina.… Continue reading Sabrina the Teenage Witch Comics to Read before the TV Reboot

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Friday Quick Quote: Solzhenitsyn’s “The Gulag Archipelago”

“Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either — but right through every human heart — and through all human hearts. This line shifts. Inside us, it oscillates with the years. And even within hearts overwhelmed by evil,… Continue reading Friday Quick Quote: Solzhenitsyn’s “The Gulag Archipelago”

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A Movie about Voldemort (But Will He Look Like a Snake?)

“Readers hoping for an expansion of the Harry Potter universe can rejoice; there is another Harry Potter Film on the horizon. This one will be about how a young boy named Tom Riddle grew up to become the best loathed snake-faced villain in the realm of witches and wizards. Last summer Tryangle Films began working… Continue reading A Movie about Voldemort (But Will He Look Like a Snake?)

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When International Books Cut Entire Plot Lines and V.E. Schwab

It is no secret that international versions of books differ slightly from their original incarnations. Often publishers alter covers either because of licensing issues or to ensure the images better suit the aesthetic sensibilities of a given market. In other cases, the translation process requires subtle language adjustments. But occasionally foreign rights holders take it… Continue reading When International Books Cut Entire Plot Lines and V.E. Schwab