June 20, 2004

Something pissy this way comes

It's been reported all over the place by now, but perhaps there are some readers here who don't yet know that Ray Bradbury, author of "Fahrenheit 451", is a big crank, threatening to sue Michael Moore over the title of his documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11", saying, "He didn't ask my permission," conveniently leaving out the fact that Moore didn't need to ask Bradbury's permission. The article goes on to say:

Bradbury, who is a registered political independent, said he would rather avoid litigation and is "hoping to settle this as two gentlemen, if he'll shake hands with me and give me back my book and title."

Yeah, I bet Ray Bradbury is pretty cheesed off about how Michael Moore stole the idea of doing a documentary about terrorism and the Bush administration from Bradbury's prescient book. I'm mostly amused that Bradbury says that he'd rather avoid litigation. I bet he would rather avoid litigation...considering he has no case.

Posted by Francis at 02:32 PM

You'd think that as a satirist himself, Bradbury would have more respect for works of art that do not violate any copyright laws. Isn't the whole point of satire to piss other people off? Looks like Moore has succeeded with his title alone.

Posted by: Dave R. at June 21, 2004 12:54 AM