In order to describe this story, we need a new type of irony, irony doubled or trebled, a grande venti triple-lutz mochaccino of irony.
Fucking Texas. I love these people. They go to such amazing lengths to confirm all the stereotypes we have about them.
Here’s a story about a south Texas town called Conroe where a student stopped reading Ray Bradbury’s ‘Fahrenheit 451’ after a few pages because she found it objectionable. After showing her father the pages where characters curse and burn the bible, said daddy of precious snowflake (who, judging by the mallet-between-the-eyes interview clip, has inherited every last bit of her father’s intelligence) is seeking to have the book banned from the school, going so far as to use the words ‘It shouldn’t be read.’
As a sci-fi fan, a reader of many books, and an alleged writer, this book is one of my all-time favorites; I’ve read it many times. And as a smart-ass, know-it-all punk kid, I used to revel in the anti-authoritarianism of it when I read it as a student. Along with authors like Vonnegut and Hunter Thompson, this book in particular helped formulate my notions of freedom of thought/speech/action and ideas of liberalism in general.
Now. For those of you who don’t know, ‘Fahrenheit 451’ is a story set in a dystopian future in which books are not only banned, but are actually burned by ‘firemen,’ whose job is to go around and seek out books that have been stashed and burn them.
Oh, and the whipped cream atop our grande mochaccino of irony? This entire controversy happened during National Banned Books week, a week wherein we celebrate all the wonderful books that tiny-minded people have made efforts to ban over the years.
So to sum up: dipshit bible-thumpers want to ban a book that warned of the dangers of banning books, with no sense of the grand majesty of the irony involved.
Thank God for Texas. They make the rest of us look so fucking smart in comparison.