Monday, May 28, 2007

Not Your Typical Book-Burning

A man burns books, but not the usual reasons:
So on Sunday, Wayne began burning his books in protest of what he sees as society's diminishing support for the printed word.

"This is the funeral pyre for thought in America today," Wayne told spectators outside his bookstore as he lit the first batch of books.
Publicity stunt? We here at AS IF! think so. But not necessarily a bad one.


Blogger Brian Mandabach said...

Burning man says, "not reading a book is as good as burning it." Or, as bad? As if I needed more guilt about all the books I haven't read.

Well, mayb I do need more guilt, since I'm reading blogs instead of books . . . .

7:57 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

It seems like a decent marketing ploy to me. Given good conditions, which I assume a warehouse for books would have, the little bound buggers are nearly immortal. I can see how it would be easy to amass more than one can manage. If his efforts to get rid of them have been as fruitless as he claims, which I don't doubt, I can't blame him for burning them as a statement--getting at least two sales out of it--rather than silently hocking them into the landfill.

11:58 AM  
Blogger J. L. Bell said...

I read an article that mentioned the titles of some of the burning books, and they're the same volumes one sees in many a book barn: thick bestsellers that people can't remember why they bought and feel guilty for never finishing (e.g., A Man in Full) and out-of-date specialty books (e.g., agricultural reports). Not the sort of volumes that one must reach into a fire to rescue.

12:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Wow theres so much effort put into this book and every page is filled with what someone out there believes with all thier heart and soul is right, what do you think I should do with it Curly, Larry and Moe. Oh I know what... burn it!!Der,der,der"
Sell them for crying out loud at least you get money for what you call crap. He can live a lie for all I care if any of the books are good sell them to someone who cares. Everyone has thier own views and you should respect them for that and realize that America will go far with indviduals not burn, like the smoldering brain of a man who couldn't take the work of art for what it was.

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