Dad Has Perfect Burn for Book Club Permission Slip

Son needed OK to read 'Fahrenheit 451,' about book censorship
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 25, 2016 12:32 PM CDT
Dad Has Perfect Burn for Book Club Permission Slip
In this image released by Simon & Schuster, the cover of "Fahrenheit 451," by Ray Bradbury, is shown.   (AP Photo/Simon & Schuster)

Rain on your wedding day? Not really ironic. Not being allowed to read a dystopian novel about book censorship without getting the green light from your parents? Maybe a little ironic. That's the situation Milo Radosh found himself in when he had to get a permission slip signed so he'd be allowed to read Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 for a school book club, the Daily Dot reports. And his dad, Daily Show writer Daniel Radosh, met this rubber-stamp request with a most appropriate online burn. "tfw your kid's school makes you sign a permission slip so he can read Fahrenheit 451," the elder Radosh lamented Monday on Twitter, including emoji depicting a stack of tomes and fire.

He also posted both a pic of the permission slip handwritten by his son and a photo of his own reaction note, which Boing Boing says was "exactly the right response." "I love this letter!" Radosh gushes. "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." He goes on to praise the "immersive" way in which the book club is teaching about "insidious censorship" by giving the kids firsthand experience with it. He also says he "assured [Milo] that his teacher would have his back" for handing in this somewhat rebellious reply along with his dad's signature. (A book-burning 101 primer.)

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