3 comments on “Fire In a Crowded Theater

  1. Why do these people cling to books so, against tremendous pressure to do otherwise? Really, what did Bradbury and Truffaut think was so special about books?

    My answer (you KNEW I would have an answer) is that a book is an individual creation—it has a voice that “speaks” like no other.

    The quotation is the key: “We’ve all got to be alike. The only way to be happy is for everyone to be made equal ” Books threaten that belief.

    Today we have email and texting—also individual voices—but no one could have seen them coming in 1966.

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  2. I don’t remember anything about film in that book, but it’s been awhile since I read it.

    Bradbury made this remarkable observation in the late 1950s:

    “In writing the short novel Fahrenheit 451 I thought I was describing a world that might evolve in four or five decades. But only a few weeks ago, in Beverly Hills one night, a husband and wife passed me, walking their dog. I stood staring after them, absolutely stunned. The woman held in one hand a small cigarette-package-sized radio, its antenna quivering. From this sprang tiny copper wires which ended in a dainty cone plugged into her right ear. There she was, oblivious to man and dog, listening to far winds and whispers and soap-opera cries, sleep-walking, helped up and down curbs by a husband who might just as well not have been there. This was not fiction.”

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