Michael Powell
Michael Powell
Writing on Free Speech & Intellectual Debate. Former cabbie, tenant organizer & doorman. Brooklyn w 2 boyz. Author of "Canyon Dreams" http://bit.ly/CanyonDreamsSource
New York City, NY
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In Texas, a Battle Over What Can Be Taught, and What Books Can Be Read

In Texas, a Battle Over What Can Be Taught, and What Books Can Be Read

In late September, Carrie Damon, a middle school librarian, celebrated “Banned Books Week,” an annual free-speech event, with her working-class Latino students by talking of literature’s beauty and subversive power. A few weeks later, State Representative Matt Krause, a Republican, emailed a list of 850 books to superintendents, a mix of half-century-old novels — “The Confessions of Nat Turner” by William Styron — and works by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Margaret Atwood, as well as edgy young adult books touching on sexual identity. Are these works, he asked, on your library shelves? Mr. Krause’s...

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