fahrenheit 451

i read in wired that ray bradbury had two small children at home, so he rented a typewriter at the UCLA library for 10 cents/hour and banged fahrenheit 451 out in 9 days.

i thought about putting the book down early on, the phrasing is so forced. but eddie and steve both loved the book, and somewhere around page 60, you start to care for montag the fireman, burner of books. i looked back to the publishing page to confirm F451 was published in 1953, because mass media dulling our critical thinking, that theme is especially timely.

bradbury gives the best writing in the book to faber, the pigeon-hearted professor.
on appreciating the pores of life and needing hardship to birth happiness:

“We are living in a time when flowers are trying to live on flowers,
instead of growing on good rain and black loam.”

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