Less a celebration and more a literary frown turned upside-down, the 27th Annual Banned Book Week at Skylight Books delivers a "First Amendment Open Mic" through 5 p.m., starring actors, writers, teachers and customers reading five-minutes' worth of their favorite banned books. Some titles on hand for your oratorical delectation: Naked Lunch, Catch-22, various works by Hemingway and Miller, and erotic classics Lady Chatterley's Lover and Lolita. Theoretically of course this also means that one might read five minutes' worth of repulsive sex-murder-orgy passages from Charles Platt's dystopian sci-fi novel The Gas or, for that matter, Total Abuse, Peter Sotos' notorious meditation on pornography. Much as the true deist embraces scorpions as sincerely as he does kittens, Banned Book Week is a clarion call to understand that censorship knows no bounds, and that an attack on one is an attack on all. Through October 3 (although books are banned year-round).
Sat., Sept. 26, 1 p.m., 2009