banned books week 2010


At the daughter’s school they were studying Maya Lin and her unconventional work that is the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (1982). She brought the conversation home and the husband talked excitedly about how Lin’s bold vision changed the way the world looked at memorials/monuments. The “Bibliotek” Memorial was just one of the examples Sean referenced of beautiful and effective Monuments that do not hold to the older conventions. It’s reference also seemed appropriate in thinking about challenged and banned books this week.

“Bibliotek” Memorial (May 1995)

Monument to the May 10, 1933 Nazi Book Burning in Berlin, Germany: in the Bebelplatz.

Designed by Micha Ullman, there is enough shelf room for the 20,000 books burned.

commemoratively engraved:

“Dort, wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man am Ende auch Menschen.” –Heinrich Heine

“Where they burn books, they ultimately burn people.”

One Comment Add yours

  1. Randy says:

    I don’t get the whole banned book thing. I think about the TV network policy of not showing “distractions” on the field or in the stands anymore. The thought is not calling attention to the event. I think making the banned book list might be a good thing for publicity! BTW, I really like the new look and such . . .

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