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I have been lax in my responding-to-memes responsibilities, so given that I’ve been tagged by Lindsay I’d better submit what I’ve read of the 100 banned books list:

The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier; The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain; Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck; The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger; The Color Purple by Alice Walker; Blubber by Judy Blume; The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood; To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee; Beloved by Toni Morrison; The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton; The Pigman by Paul Zindel; A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein; Brave New World by Aldous Huxley; James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl; American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis; Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut; Lord of the Flies by William Golding; Native Son by Richard Wright; The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain; Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison.

Not a very impressive list; too much reading about sabermetrics crowding out would would for any normal, well-abjusted person be the period for young adult books is a major problem.

I would like to propose a meme of my own, which is admittedly exceedingly lame (and, in my case, embarassing.) Jesse links to this list of the top-grossing moives of 1985. Now that I’m a cranky snob when it comes to movie I’m lucky to see one or two of a year’s top 20, but at the time I not only had more catholic tastes but my best friend’s father was very well-connected and got a lot of movie passes, had Canada’s equivalent of HBO when it was unusual to have it, etc. So I was suprised how many of these that I’ve seen (I still remember seeing a sneak preview of Fletch as a double feature with Gotcha! (Jesus H. Christ on a popsicle stick.) So, anyway, of the top 50 movies of 1985, I have seen (ones I saw in the theater in bold):

1. Back to the Future
3. Rocky IV
4. The Color Purple
5. Out of Afr…zzzzzz…sorry, I fell asleep before I could finish the title.
6. Cocoon
7. The Jewel of the Nile
8. Witness
9. The Goonies
10. Spies Like Us
11. Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment
12. Fletch
14. European Vacation
16. The Breakfast Club
19. Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure
20. Brewster’s Millions
22. Jagged Edge
25. Commando
26. Teen Wolf
27. 101 Dalmatians (Re-issue) (1985)
28. Silverado
31. Desperately Seeking Susan
32. Prizzi’s Honor
34. Agnes of God
36. Summer Rental
37. The Emerald Forest
38. Weird Science
43. Porky’s Revenge
45. Volunteers
46. Young Sherlock Holmes
47. Year of the Dragon [if you thought Heaven’s Gate sucked…]
49. The Sure Thing
50. Invasion U.S.A.

Hmm, that’s one impressive collection of crap. I think it’s safe to say that my taste has improved, although I would have been a more agreeable date back then. (“What? See Serenity when there’s a “Louis Malle’s most depressing existientialist movies” festival in town?”) And at least even as a young teenager I knew enough to avoid Joel Schumacher. (I’m not counting E.T., which I saw on a sneak review before its original release and haven’t seen since.)

I offer either meme to anybody who dares to answer their call!

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