Wednesday, May 30, 2007

A good, old-fashioned book burning

You think it's hot here? It's 451 degrees in Kansas City.
Tom Wayne amassed thousands of books in a warehouse during the 10 years he has run his used book store, Prospero's Books. His collection ranges from best sellers like Tom Clancy's "The Hunt for Red October" and Tom Wolfe's "Bonfire of the Vanities," to obscure titles like a bound report from the Fourth Pan-American Conference held in Buenos Aires in 1910. But wanting to thin out his collection, he found he couldn't even give away books to libraries or thrift shops, which said they were full. So on Sunday, Wayne began burning his books [to] protest what he sees as society's diminishing support for the printed word.

Apparently, Wayne said that "not reading a book is just as good as burning it." I can't decide if the guy's a hero or a villian.

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