Edition of Fahrenheit 451 that can only be read by burning the pages


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2017/10/18/edition-of-fahrenheit-451-that.html


#2

Reverse Redaction.


#3

“Applying fire to the pages” ≠ “burning the pages”, methinks.

Seems mighty gimmicky. I question whether Bradbury would approve. Though of course it will sell enough.


#4

While I’m glad there’s no actual book burning involved, I still have to wonder how bad is this for the environment.


#5

Friends and I attended one of his talks in LA many years ago. Believe me; if there was a buck in it for him, he would have approved.


#6

The message here is very confusing.


#7

“It was a pleasure to run the lighter over the pages, realise that lighters get uncomfortably hot when you leave them on for more than 20 seconds, wait a bit for it to cool down, then run the lighter over the pages some more while you try to find where you were up to”.

Classic Bradbury.


#8

I for one welcome the Books as Art movement. Bring it on.


#9

I think it would be better/safer to just use a hair dryer.


#10

#11

We’ve seen the likes of this before. I think it’s probably more visual pollution than anything else.


#12

Art is primarily concerned with symbolism and is not concerned with being overly literal. We’ll leave the explicitly literal interpretations to those writing engineering documents.


#13

It seems the kindle version comes with a ransomware.


#14

I’m finding this a very mixed message.

In one way it’s sort of like making the book a dangerous thing, as if you can only read it by candlelight in secret which fits with the novel.

On the other hand, it’s applying flame to the book which is a very bad thing in the novel and seems to miss the message. I actually think it would be a much better gimmick on a different book where book burning wasn’t a theme.

In a novel where books are burned, getting to pretend to burn the book doesn’t seem like a great idea.

Also, I don’t care if Bradbury would approve, I don’t approve.


#15

And yet this gimmick (or “art”) is clearly a literal example of engineering.


#16

I see it as a play on the streisand effect: banning/burning books for censorship reasons perversely makes them more popular and more likely to be read (see: satanic verses, spycatcher). In this case the only way to read the book is by symbolically doing the thing the book warns about.


#17

It’s pretty cool as a concept, but man if they ever issue a DVD, watching it is gonna be a pain in the ass.


#18

Not good reading material when you take a flight somewhere.


#19

Seems simplest to pop the while thing in the oven for a bit, just set the temperature to something below 451 degrees.

But then there’s the problem of turning the pages while wearing an oven mitt.


#20

Engineering implies it is done to solve a problem. It is art in that it expresses something, even if it is something that most people don’t appreciate. It’s probably not great art.