Last Updated Apr 13, 2009 11:12 AM EDT
This dark category appears to focus on gay and lesbian novels, as well as other books that overtly deal with human sexuality in all of its richness. According to one of the main watchdog sites tracking this scandal, "out of a Top 100 Gay Novels List, almost all the books are "purged", including authors such as Jamie O'Neill, Edmund White, and Andre Aciman.
Also purged are classics such as James Baldwin's Giovanni's Room, and Annie Proulx's Brokeback Mountain.
Amazon's unannounced and incomprehensible move has moved those on Twitter who are paying attention to try and get the corporate giant's attention. Please read this open letter.
Thanks to Erik Sherman for alerting me to this controversy.