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Banned Books: Writers Speak Out

Published on March 15, 2012 by in Columns

Several weeks ago, I wrote about the Tucson Unified School District’s effort to remove nearly 100 books from its campuses, and the dismantling of ethnic studies programs by state officials.  (The overwhelming majority of those banned books were by writers of color, primarily targeting Chicano and Native-American authors.)  I also shared with you the story

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Book Trafficking

Published on February 2, 2012 by in Columns

There’s a battle heating up in the borderlands, and it’s starting to get interesting. It all began a few weeks ago, when the Tucson Unified School District, in compliance with a new state law, voted to discontinue their Mexican-American Studies (MAS) program.  The district faced an ultimatum: suspend the program, or sacrifice 10 percent of

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Banned In Iran

Published on September 22, 2011 by in Columns

The Belgian painter Rene Magritte once famously painted a pipe, below which was written, “Ceci ne pas une pipe”—“This is not a pipe.”  Of course, it was not a pipe; it was a painting of a pipe.  When asked about it, Magritte replied that it wasn’t a pipe, “just try to fill it with tobacco.” 

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