Forbidden Passages: Writings Banned in Canada

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The apathy of the U.S. literary industry to the ongoing campaign of censorship by its neighbors to the north continues, even as Customs siezures there mount. While publishing houses seem surprisingly content to suffer the occasional indignitiesand costsof filing legal defenses and recalling shipments, many individuals remain wholly ignorant that the works of such luminaries as Marguerite Duras, Dorothy Allison, bell hooks, and Kathy Acker are regularly held up at the Canadian border postssometimes later to be released, sometimes mysteriously disappearing. Cleis Press aims to challenge both U.S. ignorance and the Canadian government's right to determine what is fit reading for its populace with this collection of 19 excerpts from books previously siezed. The writers are mostly gay and lesbian, the subject matter ranging from Professor Richard Mohr's "Gay Studies as Moral Vision" from Beacon Press's accalimed Gay Ideas, to Susie Bright's "Egg Sex," on the effects of pregnancy on women's sexual desires. More important than the selections, however, are the two prefaces. Pat Califia delivers a cogent and passionate argument against state control of information, while the history of Canada's recently expanded rights of siezure is delineated by Vancouver's Little Sisters bookstore manager Janine Fuller. Unable to stock books their cutomers were requesting, Little Sisters filed suit against Canadian customs, so far incurring more than $200,000 in legal fees. Cleis is helping by donating proceeds from the book to Little Sisters; librarians can help by stocking this informative book in all public and academic libraries in the U.S.Eric Bryant, "Library Journal"
A collection of excerpts from significant publications seized at the Canadian border as sexually degrading, obscene, or politically suspect. Contains writing by authors such as bell hooks and Susie Bright, and works from publications including Hothead Paisan: Homicidal Lesbian Terrorist #7 and On Our Backs, plus images from a Tom of Finland retrospective. Introductory chapters explain the background of recent Canadian censorship and detail individual cases. Includes b&w illustrations. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573440196
  • Publisher: Cleis Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1995
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.66 (w) x 9.53 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Table of Contents

A Note from the Publisher 7
Dangerous Tongues 9
The Case Against Canada Customs 25
Alma Writing from Contract with the World 37
Merit Badges from My Biggest O 41
Drawing the Line on Censorship from Deneuve 43
From The Man Sitting in the Corridor 47
Mama from Trash 49
Spiral from Memories That Smell Like Gasoline 59
Anal Pleasure and the Anal Taboo from Anal Pleasure and Health: A Guide for Men and Women 75
Egg Sex from Sussie Bright's Sexual Reality: A Virtual Sex World Reader 80
Brother to Brother: Words from the Heart from In the Life: A Black Gay Anthology 87
From Hothead Paisan: Homicidal Lesbian Terrorist #7 96
From "Gay Studies as Moral Vision" from Gay Ideas: Outing and Other Controversies 101
From "The Surprise Party" from Macho Sluts 110
From Tom of Finland: Retrospective 125
Eating the Other: Desire and Resistance from Black Looks: Race and Representation 130
Dead: Carved Roses from Empire of the Senseless 148
From "Numb" from Frisk 151
The Daddy Closet from On Our Backs 161
Daddy's Little Girl from On Our Backs 165
Epilogue: On Writing Pornography from I Once Had a Master 169
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