Book burning


Ever since bookmarking the ALA book burning page, I've been traumatized. But F-451, much earlier, was the first to initiate me into a nightmare world in which books were punished as silent proxies. And now, a Missouri man named Tom Wayne is also burning books:

"This is the funeral pyre for thought in America today," Wayne told spectators outside his bookstore as he lit the first batch of books. The fire blazed for about 50 minutes before the Kansas City Fire Department put it out because Wayne didn't have a permit for burning. Wayne said next time he will get a permit. He said he envisions monthly bonfires until his supply — estimated at 20,000 books — is exhausted."

Even if he does ignite his own private Library of Alexandria, I don't think he'd be able to single-handedly surpass all the Harry Potter books that have been burned in the U.S.