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PostPosted: Sat Jun 26, 2010 12:50 pm 
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This is musician Chris T-T writing in the Morning Star: http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/inde ... full/91609

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I've been asking friends to film themselves burning books for my new promo video - and it has proved to be an unexpectedly passionate, challenging project.

When I initially put the call out, there was a great positive response that led me to believe I'd be inundated with footage. But gradually this began to evaporate, as people faced the reality of actually setting fire to a book and politely backed out.

A surprising number of folks who I think of as progressive, even edgily creative in their own right, emailed me, having previously been enthusiastic to get on board, apologising because they'd realised they couldn't bring themselves to burn even a Clarkson rant, Katie Price novel or Thatcher biography.

Some were unable to find a book they felt comfortable setting alight, while others had concerns raised by their partners or friends.


So, what do you reckon? Would you be unable to burn a book, even if it was written by, say, Benito Mussolini or Vince Cable?


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I think the issue is it brings back disturbing images of the fascistic regimes of old. Free expression now extends to everyone, no matter how ridiculous or vacuous what is being expressed.

Could I burn a book? I really don't know. It would seem like a waste, really. There's always something that can be learnt from any book, even if (as with Mein Kampf) it's simply "Don't do that".

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What about burning an electronic reader? Soak it in lighter fuel and up it goes. Would that feel any different?

I used to to strip covers from unsold American paperbacks when I worked in a bookshop. The bookshop would receive a small refund for returning the covers to the distributor (which would encourage the shop to take a chance on the books in the first place), and if you kept the inside you were breaching the conditions of sale and depriving the writer of royalties. Hence those conditions about bindings printed on the inside of American books. Yes, destroying the books still felt wrong.

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I'd be happy burning an electronic reader!

Anything else just feels wrong!

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I'd happily burn a book were it for a good reason. Hundreds of thousands of the damned things get pulped because that's cheaper than storing unsold copies, so burning four hundred pages of Clarkson vomit is small potatoes in comparison. Besides, in the eyes of the publisher it's still a sale. Unless you steal it.

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I think burning books has ugly connotations, so probably wouldn't do it. If nothing else, it seems such a waste and there's always recycling in one form or another.

Of course, with Tory 'austerity' and increasing fuel bills, one bad winter and my opinion could very easily change.

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What about burning an electronic reader? Soak it in lighter fuel and up it goes. Would that feel any different?


About £150 quid different I think... :lol:

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I think the closest I ever came was burning all my notes after finishing my A-levels. Now that did feel good! :lol:

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I have a lot of students who don't even like writing in books, let alone burning them. And I don't mean the lazy ones who can't be bothered to write notes in them, I mean students saying it feels wrong.

Desks, chairs, walls - all these are defaced with writing and doodles, but books seem to still demand respect.

Makes me feel good, that.


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Ray, I make notes in books for work - but it took me decades to be able to do it. I used to make a note of the page number instead, and then come back to it. But I need to make so many notes for various jobs that it just became impossible.

But ... I can still only write in books in pencil! I don't know why - it's not as if I'm going to go back some time and rub them all out ...


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I'm one of those who gets upset by a cracked spine, and stay away from me if you're going to fold down a corner to mark your place!


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Oh - I hate that.

And when folk bent the spine right back before they start reading, to flatten the book out.

And folk who go into bookshops and chuck their bags on top of the book tables.

And folk who want to make a note of something, and put the piece of paper on top of a book so whatever they write leaves an imprint on the cover.

But then, I think I might have a problem. :lol:

And I couldn't work in a bookshop. Imagine people going into the coffee bit and putting their books down on coffee-slopped tables...urgh!! The horror...

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I think I have the same problem then, Ali. Maybe there's a group we can join, or a campaign we can start, a march, something...


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Ooh! Yes.

We could be KOOB (Keep Off Our Books...) :lol:

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Better that than Back Off...


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