http://www.librarian.net/stax/2366/sarah-palin-vp-nominee/ I’m familiar with the story of Sarah Palin, Republican VP nominee, wanting to ban books from the library (go ahead and reread that a few times :)). I had not yet seen anybody suggest a list of books that she wanted banned. As mentioned in the post there’s no official confirmation that the included list is accurate, but it’s all we’ve got. Two Shakespeares show up on the list — Merchant of Venice (an odd choice, given that she belongs to a church that thinks Jews deserve terrorism), and Twelfth Night. Why Twelfth Night, you think? It can’t be because of the cross dressing, as there’s several others that would fit that bill as well. Identical twins? Nope, others have that. Shipwreck? Hmmm… Maybe it’s the homo-erotic implications between Orsino and “Cesario”. Blah blah, politics, no proof, yadda yadda yadda, nutty democrats and leftwing liberals… Fine. I’ll make it a general Shakespeare question — if you were forging a list of books to ban, why would you pick Twelfth Night as one of them? [I’m thinking, by the way, that this election has to present the opportunity for at least a few Taming of the Shrew jokes. I’ll keep an eye out…] UPDATE: Angela correctly points out that the list of books being circulated is bogus. It is, in fact, a direct copy of the list at http://www.adlerbooks.com/banned.html, which is not comprehensive by its own admission. It’s not to say that the “Palin tried to ban books” story has no truth, merely that the list in question is not accurate.