Naughty Books 3
I truly hadn't planned on taking up so much space with this, but there were more good comments made on Naughty Books 2, so here are three points: First: Tolstoy was brought up. Would that he were on the city's list. You see, I kind of have a background in Russian and Soviet literature (only in english, unfortunately), so I compiled a short list of books I'd love to see SLC put into its book club: War and Peace, Ana Karenina, Heart of a Dog, Mother, A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, The Gulag Archipelago, The Foundation Pit, We, Omon Ra, Farewell to Matyora, Dr. Zhivago, The Brothers Karamazov, Cement, Envy, Red Cavalry, The Master and Margarita These titles represent society altering, even earth shattering texts. I'd be proud if my city recognized them. Second: The library was also brought up. But I really see the library and the city book club as two separate things. The library is an uncensored place (at least it should be, but it's not exactly) where people can go and pick out books for themselves. The purpose of the city book club is to encourage as many citizens as possible to read and discuss the same book. A noble cause. It's meant to be inclusive. Third: While it's true no city can completely cater to every taste and sensibility, reasonable efforts should be made to include as many people as possible. It's a unifying "bridging" event. The city book club should NOT become a place for some to separate themselves by daring others to read books they know they'd object to, then mocking their protests. Especially when there are books like "War and Peace" that are so important, yet remain unread.