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Authors Respond to Their Books Being Banned

Sendak and Roth each add their own bon mot

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Maurice Sendak(HBO)

In honor of Banned Books Week, the good folks over at Flavorpill have assembled a list of their favorite author responses to their books being banned.

We’ve trimmed the list a bit. First, here’s Maurice Sendak in an interview with Stephen Colbert on the frequent banning of In The Night Kitchen:

Stephen Colbert: “This one gets banned all over the place. And you know why.”
Maurice Sendak: “He’s got a dick.”

SC: “Why are you printing a smutty book?”
MS: “Because he’s a boy.”
SC: “Yeah, yeah, but you don’t have to rub it in our face. Boys wear pants.”
MS: “Not when they’re dreaming. Have you never had a dream yourself where you were totally naked?”
SC: “No.”
MS: “Well I think you’re a man of little imagination.”

And also, here’s Philip Roth on the seemingly constant din of noise surrounding his books:

“This indictment is a kind of fever that flares up from time to time. It flared up after Defender of the Faith, again after Goodbye Columbus, and understandably it went way up — to about 107 — after Portnoy’s Complaint. Now there’s just a low-grade fever running, nothing to worry about. I think the generation that got hot and bothered by my work is getting a little tired of the fuss. You know… if you hang around long enough, they begin to get used to you.”

Famous Authors’ Funniest Responses to Their Books Being Banned

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jacob_arnon says:

“You know… if you hang around long enough, they begin to get used to you.”

I know a number of women who accuse Roth of being a misogynist and have never gotten used to him. I don’t think this is fair, but also don’t think that Roth bon mot about being banned is accurate.

To me Roth’s greatest book was American Pastoral.


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Authors Respond to Their Books Being Banned

Sendak and Roth each add their own bon mot

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