A student could have, I guess, read out loud in class:
"Catcher In The Rye". In 1960, a teacher was fired, and later reinstated, for assigning the novel in class(different class relationship). Between 1961 and 1982, The Catcher in the Rye was the most censored book in high schools and libraries in the United States. In 1981, it was both the most censored book and the second most taught book in public schools in the United States. According to the American Library Association, The Catcher in the Rye was the 13th most frequently challenged book from 19902000. It was one of the 10 most challenged books in 2005, and came off the list in 2006."
"Angels in America" was the most watched made-for-cable movie in 2003. I watched it myself.
Related: In 1994, < a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Bloom"> Harold Bloom published The Western Canon. The Western canon is a term used to denote a canon of books and more widely, music and art, that has been the most influential in shaping Western culture. It is also a survey of the major literary works of post-Roman Europe. Besides analyses of the canon's various representative works, the major concern of the volume is reclaiming literature from those he refers to as the "School of resentment", the mostly academic critics who espouse a social purpose in reading. Bloom believes that the goals of reading must be "solitary aesthetic pleasure" and "self-insight" rather than the "forces of resentments" -goal: improvement of one's society, which he casts as an absurd aim, writing "The idea that you benefit the insulted and injured, he says, by reading someone of their own origins rather than reading Shakespeare is one of the oddest illusions ever promoted by or in our schools."
Bloom's position is that politics have no place in literary criticism: a feminist or Marxist reading of Hamlet, for example, would tell us something about feminism and Marxism but nothing about Hamlet itself, it being so universal. In addition to the amount of influence Bloom has had on later writers was, if fact, the American playwright Tony Kushner-Angels In America.
I am an avid (often addictive)and inquisitive reader of just about "everything".