A passing thought: among the many homages to Ray Bradbury being published today, a significant number of them mention “Fahrenheit 451” (1953).
As ChiTrib critic Julia Keller describes it, "Fahrenheit 451 is a cautionary tale about the insidious creep of censorship; its sinister evocation of a world in the maybe-not-so-distant future in which firefighters are employed to burn books is startlingly plausible."
My quibble, with her and the others: Okay, we're no longer supposed to use the term "fireMEN" today, politically (nor, given the mixed-gender nature of the job today, accurately) speaking.
But in this context, "fireFIGHTERS" is a ludicrous term --and, of course, was not the one Bradbury used-- for an occupation that fictionally morphed into one where the job was to start a fire and burn books.
Might it be possible to suspend PC terminology in just this one instance, if only to avoid looking goofy?