Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Burn, Baby Burn

Even for a science fiction novelist, Ray Bradbury was especially prescient.

His Fahrenheit 451 in 1953 detailed his fears of censorship and "enforced ignorance." (Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which paper burns.)

Now, a play based on Bradbury's 1979 stage adaptation is set to open in NYC this week in a production by the Godlight Theater Company.

Bradbury told the company, as quoted in The New York Times Sunday, that the work was "more relevant than ever."

As noted in a posting last month about literary opening lines, the first line of the novel is gripping: "It was a pleasure to burn."

- Michael K

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