Parent Burns Down Fahrenheit 451 Permission Slip: Critical Linking, October 27, 2016

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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.

This parent’s response to his kid needing permission to read Fahrenheit 451 is EVERYTHING.

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.

A long-read about the history of books bound in human skin? DON’T MIND IF I DO.

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.”

If Trump wins, I’m going to ask my local indie for a screaming room.


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