Archive | May 2013

Ain’t No Party Like a Gatsby Party

REPEAT OFFENDER: The Great Gatsby (2013)

THE REVIEW: My first introduction to Baz Luhrmann was when I was in middle school. I had a high fever and watched a little film called Moulin Rouge. It was one of the trippier experiences I’ve had. The mind behind Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet is not known for subtlety, restraint, or playing it safe. So when I discovered that Luhrmann would be making a big budget adaptation of The Great Gatsby, I was alternately baffled and intrigued. Read More…

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Rejection

Good evening, dear readers. This article came to my attention the other day. Given that many of these books were rejected for political or censorship related reasons, I thought I’d share. Also, I submitted a short story to Asimov’s Science Fiction today so, should they reject me, I will be taping this to my fridge next to my rejection letter.

http://io9.com/5668053/15-classic-science-fiction-and-fantasy-novels-that-publishers-rejected

Just imagine if Stephen King’s wife hadn’t fished that manuscript back out of the trash…

Woman In Red: slutshaming at Anime Boston

Recently, I was contacted by someone who had witnessed an incident of slutshaming involving a cosplayer at Anime Boston. Given that I have discussed sexual harassment and cosplay, as well as other gender and harassment issues within or directed at the geek/nerd communities, he asked if I would post his story anonymously. Here it is, unabridged: Read More…

Bookwyrms

Céad míle fáilte, my good readers. As you may have noticed, a new writer has joined the Bound and Gagged Books family. Since I have sworn never again to read The Great Gatsby (the battle fatigue of one too many literature courses), my friend and longtime writing buddy, C. Oberholtzer volunteered as tribute. Join me in welcoming them to our strange little corner of the internet. You can read their review of The Great Gatsby here and check out their bio on the About page. Read More…

The One and Only Gatsby with the One and Only Taste

We're waaaatching you...

We’re waaaatching you…

THE DEFENDANT: The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

THE VERDICT: The Great Gatsby is currently the #1 Most Banned and Challenged Classic according to the American Library Association. It is most often challenged as part of the standard English Literature curriculum in public schools, but it has also been challenged as part of college literature courses.

THE CHARGES: The most famous charges against The Great Gatsby are from the Baptist College in Charleston, South Carolina, where it was challenged in 1987 for “language and sexual references in the book.”
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No Capes

Outlawing superheroes is an idea used in everything from The Incredibles to Marvel’s commentary on the PATRIOT Act to anything with Lex Luthor in it. But one pre-school has proved life imitates art by banning superheroes from school. You can read about it on The Mary Sue here:

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Die Another Day

In other news, William Faulkner’s banned classic As I Lay Dying is being made into a movie starring James Franco. Here’s the trailer. Enjoy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWXI1M1dcck