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Flushed Down the Series of Tubes

This excellent article on The Atlantic sums up something I think about often. While I was never a heavy user of the Prodigy system, I had used it before, and I remember it fondly.  323 more words

The boy who was wild for books – Bradbury’s update to Fahrenheit 451

Nobody inspires my passion for libraries, books and writing quite like Ray Bradbury. I’ll often read a chapter from his Zen in The Art of Writing with my first cup of coffee. 966 more words


Tyranny of the Banal: Burning Books to Make the Walls Safe

Twenty-three centuries apart, Shih Huang Ti and Adolf Hitler both burned books. The emperor wanted to control the verdict of history while Hitler, rather more ambitious, imagined he could obliterate an entire race, a particularly scholarly one, so he started with their books. 836 more words

Book Burning


Originally posted 6/1-13 on: http://thesolsticewell.com/

Stumbled upon a copy of “Faust” by Goethe some time ago. I had read parts and excerpts of it in German and Swedish before, so I already knew it was crap. 464 more words


Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, a Book Review

Ray Bradbury’s internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 is a masterwork of twentieth-century literature set in a bleak, dystopian future. Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction , firemen start fires rather than put them out.

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Are Your Books on Fire?

In the Internet Age,  widespread book banning seems an archaic relic of Theocrasies, or the maniacal prerogative of remote entities like the Taliban and North Korea. 757 more words

Book Review: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451

by Ray Bradbury

genre: classics, dystopian

Synopsis from Goodreads

The terrifyingly prophetic novel of a post-literate future.

Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are forbidden, being the source of all discord and unhappiness. 378 more words