Arnon Grunberg



Tonight I wanted to see the movie “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” but the movie was sold out, so I went to my favorite cinema, Lincoln Plaza Cinemas, to see the movie “Howl” about Allen Ginsberg.

I was especially impressed by the reenactment of the obscenity trial against Ginsberg’s publisher in 1957.

It’s undoubtedly true that censors and, in the case of obscenity trials, prosecutors take literature more seriously than most critics and readers do. One could say that they are more afraid of literature than most readers. But in order to be afraid of something you need to take it somehow seriously.

The idea that in the name of literature everything should be allowed in novels or poems pushes literature to the periphery of society.