‘Lust on Trial’ with Amy Werbel


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Anthony Comstock is a name that has become synonymous with censorship in America.

In 1873, he founded the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice, and his career led to the confiscation or incineration of more than 3 million pieces of allegedly “obscene, lewd, or lascivious” material.

On this episode of So to Speak, we speak with Fashion Institute of Technology Professor Amy Werbel about her new book, “Lust on Trial: Censorship and the Rise of American Obscenity in the Age of Anthony Comstock,” and the legacy of Comstock’s “Comstockery.”

Don’t forget! Join us on May 8 at the Comedy Cellar in New York City for a live debate: “Is there a campus free speech crisis?” Tickets are now available from comedycellar.com.

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