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Friday, June 01, 2007

A Protest

The term “book burning” has taken on new meaning in Kansas City, MO.
According to CNN, Tom Wayne, the owner of a used book store has thousands of books that he can’t seem to give away, so he is burning them to protest what he sees as the nation’s diminished interest in books.

"This is the funeral pyre for thought in America today," Wayne told a crowd as he lit his first batch. The fire burned for almost an hour before the fire department arrived and told him he needed a permit. Apparently, he plans to fill out the required paperwork and continue monthly burnings.

What would Fahrenheit 451’s Bradbury think? Has Wayne gone too far?

(Thanks to the Waterloo Public Library in Maine for this tidbit.)

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