The Beavis & Butt-Head Syndrome

A few years back I visited an independent bookstore which only offered titles dedicated to overt feminism, lesbian activities, and possibly a few other LGBQ+ issues. Despite being a meat eating grunt, I am fascinated by gender studies and this bookstore was a wonderland.

But what if I was offended by the open display of a more liberal representation of sexuality than I accepted?

In this shop there were no restrictions: No signs, no locked cabinets, no goodies hidden under the counter. Why, any 13 year old boy could come in, giggle and snort over the salacious words on the book covers—Lesbian, Queer, Vagina—and walk out a little bored and hopefully curious.

Is that so bad?

In the previous month I suggested looking into several titles. Anything that should be banned? Governor DeSantis?

11-01-22 – The Mysteries of Paris — Eugene Sue
11-02-22 – Babel, or the Necessity of Violence — R.F. Kuang
11-03-22 – The Marriage Portrait — Maggie O’Farrell
11-04-22 – What We Fed to the Manticore — Talia Lakshmi Kolluri
11-05-22 – The Family Izquierdo — Rubén Degollado
11-06-22 – A Bookshop in Algiers — Kaouther Adimi
11-07-22 – On the Rooftop — Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
11-08-22 – An Adventure for Dentures — Zoë Burton
11-09-22 – Solito — Javier Zamora
11-10-22 – The Hacienda — Isabel Cañas
11-11-22 – The Winter People – Jennifer McMahon
11-12-22 – What Strange Paradise — Omar El Akkad
11-13-22 – The Passenger — Cormac McCarthy
11-14-22 – The Displacements — Bruce Holsinger
11-15-22 – Cult Classic — Sloane Crosley
11-16-22 – If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor — Bruce Campbell
11-17-22 – Our Missing Hearts — Celeste Ng
11-18-22 – What You Can See From Here — Mariana Leky
11-19-22 – All the Water I’ve Seen Is Running — Elias Rodriques
11-20-22 – Pursuit: A Novel of Suspense — Joyce Carol Oates
11-21-22 – Less — Andrew Sean Greer
11-22-22 – Killers of a Certain Age — Deanna Raybourn
11-23-22 – How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water — Angie Cruz
11-24-22 – The Bad Angel Brothers — Paul Theroux
11-25-22 – The Intuitionist — Colson Whitehead
11-26-22 – The Making of Americans — Gertrude Stein
11-27-22 – Demon Copperhead — Barbara Kingsolver
11-28-22 – Once There Were Wolves — Charlotte McConaghy
11-29-22 – Scattered All Over the Earth — Yoko Tawada
11-30-22 – The Hollow Kind — Andy Davidson

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