In the late 1960’s, I was asked to appear in front of my local Miami (Florida) Draft Board. The Board wanted me to defend my application to become a conscientious objector. They were especially interested in quotes I used in my application. The quotes were from Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller. This novel had recently become available after being banned in America. It was with much confusion and consternation that they wondered “was I sure I did not wish to remove the quotes?” Nope–I did not want to remove them. More confusion–and then, much like the end of the day in school, I was dismissed.
Ultimately, my application was approved but that is not the point. Books, like ideas, should not be banned.