Mighty Red Pen

September 16, 2011

Mark your calendars

Filed under: Lit review,Perilous punctuation — mighty red pen @ 5:48 pm
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September 24 is right around the corner, and it’s going to be a big day.

1. September 24 is National Punctuation Day, in which we celebrate;  punctuation? in its many forms!!! So don’t hesitate, just punctuate! (For handy tips on using the exclamation point, visit here.)

2. It’s also the start of Banned Books Week, the week during which we celebrate “the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment” (so says the American Library Association). It takes place this year from September 24 to October 1. Many people like to celebrate by reading a frequently challenged book. For me, this coincides nicely with my plan to revisit The Lord of the Flies, which has been challenged in the past for excessive violence and for racist language, among other things.




  1. No book has been banned in the USA for about half a century. Fanny Hill got that honor a long time ago. Challenged books in schools that are removed is different from banning. Setting aside that Banned Books Week is propaganda, the creator of BBW said:

    “On rare occasion, we have situations where a piece of material is not what it appears to be on the surface and the material is totally inappropriate for a school library. In that case, yes, it is appropriate to remove materials. If it doesn’t fit your material selection policy, get it out of there.”

    See: “Banned Books Week Propaganda Exposed by Progressive Librarian Rory Litwin; ALA Censors Out Criticism of Its Own Actions in a Manner Dishonest to the Core.”

    Comment by Dan Kleinman — September 17, 2011 @ 1:01 am | Reply

  2. Punctuation is worth celebrating — I do so regularly. Just last week I wrote about a LinkedIn profile for the exclamation point: http://towriteawrong.tumblr.com/post/10526926303/an-exclamation-points-linkedin-profile. Enjoy!

    Comment by Gail Marie — September 26, 2011 @ 9:49 am | Reply

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