This week is Banned Books Week, so it’s an excellent time to read something forbidden. Is there a better advertisement for any book than to ban it? I read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance because I heard there was some controversy about it, and all I remember now is that there was a lot of ado about the true meaning of “quality” and some mechanical tips. I don’t recall anything scandalous, and at the time, I felt like I’d been tricked into reading a fairly boring book. I’m fascinated by the reasons sometimes cited for censorship. Maybe it is a sign that I am a disturbed and deviant individual, but people can get upset over things I would never have anticipated.