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Link Roundup: Banned in Boston, Porn in India, and Recommended Writing

Carlos Ball's From the Closet to the Courtroom was praised by Colorado Accident Lawyer, which said that it “should become a basic text for college LGBT studies courses and is also valuable to students of LGBT law.” The Anderson Library Blog also posted an excellent write-up about his book.

Read an excerpt from Banned in Boston, the newest book from Neil Miller about the Watch and Ward Society that acted as a moral guardian over the city of Boston, in The Boston Globe Magazine. For a detailed slideshow of the books and plays that were blacklisted in Beantown, go to

But where there was once censorship, pornography has invaded. Gail Dines, the author of Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality, appeared in an interview for The Times of India. In the interview, she discusses the pornographic gaze that attracts young boys and eventually draws them in to today’s gonzo pornography.

David Chura, an educator of incarcerated youth and the author of I Don’t Wish Nobody to Have a Life Like Mine, describes his experience teaching these vastly misunderstood teens in the Fall 2010 issue of Education Next:

“The majority of the teenage boys I taught—mostly poor and minority—didn’t lack ability. They lacked focus and old-fashioned seat time, but most had an aptitude for learning. Some were quite bright. It was just that “other things” got in the way: addictions, street violence, fractured families, homelessness, racism.”

Finally, Sonia Sanchez’s newest collection Morning Haiku received a great review in August’s issue of Alabama Writer’s Forum. The review states: “Morning Haiku shows Sonia Sanchez’s gift for breathing life into language. It makes this reader yearn for more of her one-breath poems.” Sanchez was also recently featured in Poets and Writers in the “Writers Recommend” section.