Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Stephen King on Censorship

. . . my advice to kids would be: "Whatever it is that your parents and teachers don't want you to read is probably the thing that you need the most to find out." So I would find out what's been censored, what's been pulled from the shelves of your school library, and I would run to the nearest public library or to a bookstore and pick it up, whether it's Cujo, Lord of the Flies, or Lady Chatterley's Lover. Go get it and find out what they don't want you to know because that's what you need to know.
--Author Stephen King, in a videotaped interview, quoted here from War of Words: The Censorship Debate, edited by George Beahm, Kansas City: Andrews and McMeel (1993), p. 31.