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Jean E. McIntosh

Flowers for Algernon

Artist: Jean McIntosh

Banned/Challenged Book: Flowers for Algernon

Reason for Banning: Sexually suggestive passages

Excerpt from Artist’s Statement: Hopefully, anyone who just glances at the picture will see a brown mouse and “some nice flowers,” to quote Rorschach from Watchmen. It’s only when you analyze the picture that you see the flowers are actually Card IX from the famous Rorschach test and that the brown mouse is actually a maze. You need to look closely to see the real meaning: much as you need to read closely to find the “sexually suggestive” passages that often get this book in trouble.

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