Truly, the least cool people in history are the people who want to ban books. They're so afraid of things that are different and new ideas that might be a little controversial that rather than just being like, "Hey, that's not for me," they're all like, "I MUST DESTROY THIS THING I'M SO AFRAID OF." These crybaby lunatics tried to keep people from reading innocuous books like Alice in Wonderland and Ulysses (though maybe you would've read that boring book in high school if your English teacher led with "THIS BOOK WAS BANNED" instead of "And the assigned reading for tonight is...").
All of this hand-wringing and pearl-clutching seems so ridiculous now, but any time there's a mob mentality flowing through society (and there still is, if you want to take a look at footage of a Trump rally), there's room for the crazies to start jumping on the censorship bandwagon. BANNED BOOKS WILL FOREVER BE A THREAT, which is why literary nerds are so into them.
You know, read a banned book and you're a rebel—that kind of shit. That's why the literary nerd in your life will love this Banned Books Mug ($12, Out of Print), which is equipped with a heat censor that reveals the banned books that are blacked out on the mug when not in-use.