Listening to every heart
The idea of burning the books horrified Marcia Trayford, who paid $20 Sunday to carry away an armload of tomes on art, education and music.
"I've been trying to adopt as many books as I could," she said.
Dozens of other people took advantage of the book-burning, searching through the books waiting to go into the flames for last-minute bargains.
Mike Bechtel paid $10 for a stack of books, including an antique collection of children's literature, which he said he'd save for his 4-year-old son.
"I think, given the fact it is a protest of people not reading books, it's the best way to do it," Bechtel said. "(Wayne has) made the point that not reading a book is as good as burning it."
I once wrote a poem about going into a used bookstore and posted it here at PiP. [Chuckle...I don't post much anywhere BUT here! That was slightly redundant.]
Point: The man, given his age, decided to retire, and tried to do the same, give his books away at bottom line prices. I remember going in and spending $20 apiece on a three-volume epitome of classical writings...if nothing more than to gather time into my space. Time, thought, senses now past...it it something about word on paper that has always, always grabbed at me. I cannot let it go.
I am circumspect in my pick-ups of books...like Katrina, if I am at a garage sale and see books for sale, my hand seems to find touch with each one. I have to remind myself that my home is only "so large" but I do go through them, to find keepers.
When I first saw serenity's initial post, an old Walton's show came to mind, where young John Boy tried to get people to read "Mein Kampf" so they would understand the terrorism of the man's mind. Instead, out of fear, the people [led by the preacher] decided to burn all books that were written in German. One lady, who had hidden her heritage, was brought out of her hiding when John Boy asked her to read from one particular foreign book. It was, of course, the Bible.
While any of us might understand the frustration of this particular shop owner to take out his weariness in such style, it only plays into the hands of those who would believe in Farenheit 451...a read that scared the holy feathers out of me when I read it decades ago. There was no way in this world that I thought that something so macabre could ever, ever come about in the world that we live in.
I have been proven wrong. My walls will continue to be lined with books of all ages.
[This message has been edited by Sunshine (05-28-2007 10:51 PM).]