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Grrrr... [Jun. 24th, 2008|12:48 pm]
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This guy needs to re-evaluate his priorities:

Why I hate secondhand books

There are children in the world growing up never seeing a book, children who have to leave school to work for pennies or sell their bodies to help support their families, adults who can't read and have no help to learn how even if they had time...and this guy spends his time writing about how pre-read books give him the willies, and someone PAYS HIM FOR THIS? Looks like SEVERAL people (and perhaps a large corporation) need to evaluate their priorities...

He hates libraries, too. I quote:

Ah yes, libraries: as if having to set foot in one of those sombre buildings full of flatulent, regretful people isn't trauma enough, having to take a book home from one of them is always a defeating experience.

HAVING to take a book home from a library? Believe me, unless there's a self-checkout kiosk open, no one at the library is making you check books out, because I'm sure no one is looking forward to dealing with your pampered ass at the circulation desk.

[User Picture]From: jinglymushroom
2008-06-24 06:34 pm (UTC)
Please, PLEASE tell me this is some joke. Maybe it's like "A Modest Proposal" by Jonathan Swift??? Please?
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[User Picture]From: aryanhwy
2008-06-24 07:13 pm (UTC)
Think of it this way -- if this guy's not buying second-hand books, that's more for the rest of us!

(Though I'm very glad to see that most of the commenters on the article share your, and my, sentiments about it.)
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[User Picture]From: beckmumble
2008-06-24 07:43 pm (UTC)
I'm guessing it's just to hype his upcoming book:
<"http://www.amazon.co.uk/Not-My-Name-Compendium-Hypocrisy/dp/1905264224">Not My Name: A Compendium of Modern Hypocrisy</a>

He needed some sort of scrab like this to counter the gush in his previous post about co-authoring.
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[User Picture]From: lostvirtue
2008-06-24 07:50 pm (UTC)
That was awesome... because the comments rocked my world...

There were some great ones in there, and no one agreed.
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[User Picture]From: zsof
2008-06-24 09:01 pm (UTC)
I skimmed through the comments, but the best one has to be:

Can't say I've ever noticed bogies smeared across the pages of the second hand books I've bought but then again I haven't bought any second-hand books for 5 year olds recently.

Cause that's what *I* thought. *grin*
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[User Picture]From: missdoom
2008-06-24 09:25 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: gflower
2008-06-24 09:35 pm (UTC)
Aaaaaaaagh! I love it! I was waiting to see what you would reply with!

I am printing this out and putting it on the Door of Doom in the library immediately.
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[User Picture]From: gregory07
2008-06-25 09:19 pm (UTC)


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[User Picture]From: gflower
2008-06-25 09:43 pm (UTC)

Re: iconavator

Thank you! You had a little something to do with Freya coming into being, if I recall...! Such as inviting me to the party where she was born.
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[User Picture]From: hbevert
2008-06-25 06:13 am (UTC)
If you want to be wittily insulted, write something as stupid as this columnist's work and put it on a site read mostly by Brits. Ah, the comments were priceless. I also found it a bit of a shock that this guy has a column photo of him wearing a hoodie. He looks like a token "hip" twenty-something on a staff of real journalists. I didn't laugh at the column because it wasn't funny, but I decided that I didn't have to take it as a serious criticism of bookshops and libraries.
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[User Picture]From: berzerker_prime
2008-06-25 08:43 pm (UTC)
Can we say "hypochondriac?" I knew we could!

Honestly, I think this guy needs some amount of therapy. The rest of the world is okay with just washing their hands...
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[User Picture]From: gregory07
2008-06-25 09:19 pm (UTC)
i hope he is totally toungue-in-cheek or soon-to-die
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[User Picture]From: leapfaith
2008-06-26 11:57 pm (UTC)
There's one born every minute... and some of them have opinions about books. For the record, I once forced a friend to check out a book (I said I wouldn't give him a ride home until he'd checked out a book he was actually going to read; clearly, I am The Enemy!) from a library. On the other hand, if he won't buy used, that leaves better selection for me. Ideally, he'll buy 3 copies of every book, so that as he uses them, he can sell his ("ick! my own fingersmudge!") used books so the rest of us can get them cheap. To paraphrase colinblackthorn, "he enjoys the secret tax on idiocy." Except, of course, it isn't particularly secret...
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