A shelf display of banned books surrounded by yellow Caution tape

Display of banned books or censored books at Books Inc independent bookstore in Alameda, California, October 16, 2021. (Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images)

Atlas Obscura went on a serious quest for the elusive peanut butter fruit. Here were the results.

This got me interested in the Fruit and Spice Park, so I went looking for an article about it.

The LA Times introduces an outdoor bookshop in Ojai, CA.

In Florida, a man seeks to ban one of the children’s books in the Arthur series, Arthur’s Birthday, because a line referring to “spin the bottle” may damage children’s souls. The book was published in 1989, and can be ordered from Amazon via our link on the site, if you want to gauge the risk to young souls it presents for yourself.

On the same theme, a judge in Arkansas has issued an injunction against that state’s law prohibiting librarians from recommending some books to minors.

In The Guardian, R.F. Kuang shares her opinion of Goodreads, and how to use its reviews. Nice article!

Wil Wheaton speaks frankly about the importance of residuals for him (and other things) in his address in support of the writers’ strike.

Geek Tyrant provides some retro art imaginings of iconic space (and time!) vehicles.


  • Marion Deeds

    Marion Deeds, with us since March, 2011, is the author of the fantasy novella ALUMINUM LEAVES. Her short fiction has appeared in the anthologies BEYOND THE STARS, THE WAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE, STRANGE CALIFORNIA, and in Podcastle, The Noyo River Review, Daily Science Fiction and Flash Fiction Online. She’s retired from 35 years in county government, and spends some of her free time volunteering at a second-hand bookstore in her home town.

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