22 August 2007

Cumpleanos

There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches. Every minority, be it Baptist, Unitarian, Irish, Italian, Octogenarian, Zen Buddhist, Zionist, Seventh-day Adventist, Women’s Lib, Republican, Mattachine, FourSquareGospel, feels it has the will, the right, the duty to douse the kerosene, light the fuse ...

Fire-Captain Beatty, in my novel
Fahrenheit 451, described how the books were burned first by the minorities, each ripping a page or a paragraph from this book, then that, until the day came when the books were empty and the minds shut and the library closed forever.

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