Sanctity Of Books And Stuff

Like with most things I’m going to take a unique approach at answering this question. I guess it’s not actually that unique then, at least not for me, and I’m well on my way to becoming a sort of unwitting parody of myself. So allons-y and way we go. Step One. Take the moral high ground.

What are examples of books you’ve thrown across the room with force? Why did you throw them?”

WTF (saying that makes me feel sick) you throw books? What kind of disgusting barbaric animal are you, disembodied narrative blog voice? What has possessed you that has given you so much disrespect for these powerful symbols that arguably well… symbolise all the nice good things about human existence? Did you grow up with wolves? Where your wolf parents cold and unfriendly? I can’t even believe what I’m reading! *sigh*

If you have never thrown a book across the room with force, then describe a couple books that you almost did because you were so furious about a disappointing ending, horrible characters, grammar, etc. I’m sorry if this only applies to me because I have a book in mind that angered me so much I almost threw it out the window. I ended up chucking it against the wall where it nearly missed my lamp but… that’s a story for my post…”

Most books I read are good books. I don’t finish books I don’t like, and like a cold yet charming cad with his plethora of women folk, once a book has lost my interests I simply leave it spread open on the floor, and take the bus to the public library in search of yet another luscious untouched volume to soil with my hot little hands. There’s no violence involved. I could rip it apart, use it for toilet paper, try and eat it, throw it in the ocean, or burn it, but I don’t. I can’t. It’s just… wrong.

What’s the first thing you think of when someone mentions book burning? For me it’s either Nazis or Fahrenheit 451. Burning books is synonymous with dictatorship and repression, because book burning is destroying knowledge, and like that vacant often repeated cliché states “knowledge is power”. Basically, by burning books the burners are destroying part of the individual’s means of getting power and challenging the status quo. Book burning is tyranny in all its burny flamey hideousness.

Another thing to think about is cultural history. Before the invention of the printing press in 1953 by Marilyn Monroe and her three unnamed brothers, books were damn valuable. Monks had to copy them out by hand. Well they had quills in their hands, so really it was by quill. I mean using their actual hands, like fingerpainting, would be kind of stupid. You’d never get any sort of the fancy calligraphy that people expect and your hands would always be covered in sticky ink, meaning those monks would never pull any chicks.

Speaking of monks and holy things, the Abrahamic religions, Judaism, Islam and Christianity are often referred to collectively as the children of the book, because they all have books. The reverence of one book, perhaps even the only book many people would ever own or see, meant all books figuratively speaking might be imbued with that same respect. I’m not an historian (see what I did there), I just like to speculate.

So that’s the end of my ramble. Hope you found it enjoyable and informative and fuzzy and not offensive. But that’s OK if you did, controversy is cool. No. It’s not. I’m sorry. XOX

Disclaimer: Second paragraph is mock outrage/sarcasm satirising bourgeois sensibilities. No offence intended to book throwers, the bourgeois class or any other virtuous readers.

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12 thoughts on “Sanctity Of Books And Stuff

  1. There’s been a few people as of late who feel that this post is overly negative; as such, I would advise to simply restate the question. How about, “What are some examples of books that you’ve been TEMPTED to throw across the room with force?” There had to be one. Unfortunately, there are some pretty poor ones out there.

    But good job anyway. 🙂

  2. No offense, because you seem like a cool person, but I am completely offended by that second paragraph. That was overly rude and if you don’t like the prompt, don’t participate. It’s that simple. I hope that was sarcasm or something because it hurt and angered me. You do need to think before you post. Amazingly, I don’t like to be called a barbaric animal raised by vicious wolves or whatever. I’m sorry for being negative, but I would recommend thinking before you post next time. I’m going to hope that this was just a freak thing, but that second paragraph was as far as I could get in the post. Read it back. It wasn’t the kindest thing to say. Did I anger you or something? I am not the type of person to argue like this but I do want you to realize that you could keep those things to yourself. They reflect poorly on your character. I’m sorry my comment had to be this negative.

    • That was not directed at you at all, and was completely sarcastic. I’m really sorry you felt that way man, I didn’t think that paragraph was directed at any one person, but I should of bore that in mind. You haven’t angered me at all, from what you’ve written you seem like a cool person too, and I have nothing but positive feeling towards you.

      I don’t like offending people. Hope I haven’t pissed you off too much. It wasn’t a personal attack. Hope we can still be writing buddies.


      A. Alvarez.

      PS. I put a disclaimer down.

      • Ok, it seemed like the paragraph was directed at me in particular because it was in response to my topic, but as long as you realize that it was going overboard. Yes, we’re cool, just please restrain yourself next time.

  3. That was incredibly impressive. You rambled for an entire post without ever answering the question. More seriously, I never throw books, I just like to imagine I would. And what is a book but a wad of printed paper, anyway?

    • Thank you I think. My modern history teacher likes it less so.

      To be honest the only reason where I wouldn’t consider a book as such is when the information in the book is valuable or scarce ie. Dead Sea scrolls. Otherwise it’s just weird cultural social conditioning and symbolism.

  4. Very different from the rest of the chain, I guess! Glad I’m not the only one who doesn’t throw books, just goes in search of others. Always the best policy 😉

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