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I love this letter! What a wonderful way to introduce students to the theme of Fahrenheit 451 that books are so dangerous that the institutions of society — schools and parents — might be willing to team up against children to prevent them from reading one.
I am a member of a team of chemists, librarians, and museum professionals at the Anthropodermic Book Project who have identified forty-seven allegedly anthropodermic books in public libraries and museums. Of the thirty we have tested so far, twelve have bindings from a nonhuman animal of origin and eighteen are indeed tanned human skin.
As they report, the bookshop/café Bab Aldonia has installed a completely soundproof room where anyone can go and scream in privacy for ten minutes at a time. Insulated, without any crevices for eavesdropping, the room can only be occupied by one person at a time, and there’s a drum set for banging out additional frustrations, which, Cairoscene explains, tongue in cheek, “may prove just as effective as regime change.”