Ray Bradbury, ‘Fahrenheit 451’ (1953)

A fantastic fable on 1950s US political consensus, an attack on our desensitisation, our reliance on TV. And, in these times of cuts to arts and humanities, a wonderful ode to thinking, creativity, reflection – a restatement of the perpetual value of the ‘intellectual’, of inquiry and of ideas. Nietzsche would love this. Robust discourse. The path of uncertainty – but of truth. Out with ‘reason’, in with the beautiful, the aesthetic and the real.

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