Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, a novel that delves into a world in which books are banned as an act of censorship, was once, ironically, banned itself.
And while things may have changed, one father found it particularly interesting that his child needed a permission slip to read Bradbury's work for school.
According to The Daily Dot, the Daily Show's head writer Daniel Radosh was asked to sign the slip for his son's book club but, instead, he wrote a genius response directed towards those in charge. He then posted a photo of the note to Twitter.
"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. It's easy enough to read the book and say, 'This is crazy. It could never really happen,' but pretending to present students at the start with what seems like a totally reasonable 'first step' is a really immersive way to teach them how insidious censorship can be I'm sure that when the book club is over and the students realize the true intent of this letter they'll be shocked at how many of them accepted it as an actual permission slip. In addition, Milo's concern that allowing me to add this note will make him stand out as a troublemaker really brings home why most of the characters find it easier to accept the world they live in rather than challenge it. I assured him that his teacher would have his back."
So far, the tweet has received over 14,000 likes and nearly 9,000 retweets. One Twitter user asked Radosh: "To clarify, (we have a FB convo going), were you being sarcastic or did you realize that this wasn't a real permission slip?"
To which he replied:
Touché sir, touché.
(H/T: The Daily Dot)