My Town

US library defunded after refusing to censor LGBTQ authors: ‘We will not ban the books.’ Residents of Jamestown, Michigan voted this week to shut down town’s library rather than tolerate certain LGBTQ books.

Lysistrata was banned in my town when I was a kid. Which of course caused dozens of us to read a 2,000 year old Aristophanes play that we otherwise would’ve had no idea even existed (well, most of us). I was passing around copies of that thing like Soviet samizdat. And I do mean literal copies, made on a Xerox machine.

That ban worked out very well. It converted many people to readers who otherwise wouldn’t have been. And it made Aristophanes a “bestseller” in my town for a little while.