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Just Don't.

I know it's an almost superstitious reaction -specially coming from a guy with lots of ebooks- that has more to do with centuries-old traditions than with current realities, but still, AGH NO DON'T DO THAT. WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU YOU CREEPY PERSON?

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derryderrydown
Feb. 17th, 2009 03:11 pm (UTC)
Sorry but you're wrong. *g* Those are gorgeous.
__marcelo
Feb. 17th, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
But... book pages! *wibbles, hugs the nearest book*
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__marcelo
Feb. 17th, 2009 03:24 pm (UTC)
Even worse, it says they are old books.
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nuptse
Feb. 17th, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC)
It's rather like that scene in Silence of the Lambs in which Hannibal Lecter strung up that flayed fellow like art. Some see beauty, others see destruction. De-construction?
__marcelo
Feb. 17th, 2009 03:47 pm (UTC)
I guess it all comes down to what feels, for lack of a better word, "sacred" to you?
caiusmajor
Feb. 17th, 2009 04:18 pm (UTC)
Actually, I think those are pretty.

One of the sad things about life as a library tech is that you get really used to the sad reality of throwing away books. And art is a better option than some.
__marcelo
Feb. 17th, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC)
That part of the job would stress me a lot, I think.
wicked_poly
Feb. 17th, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
oh my god... how can anybody do that to a book?! and not just any book, old books! >_
__marcelo
Feb. 17th, 2009 05:53 pm (UTC)
It's disturbing.
not_sally
Feb. 17th, 2009 05:15 pm (UTC)
As a designer, I'm sort of awed at her talent, but old books?! jesuschrist, can't she use Twilight?!
__marcelo
Feb. 17th, 2009 05:53 pm (UTC)
That was exactly my thought :D.

PS: Did you get my sms about Thursday? (short version: I'm free, so, yes, movie)
brown_betty
Feb. 17th, 2009 06:10 pm (UTC)
I'm a bit like that too, but I admit, there are books that could achieve their finest hour that way.
__marcelo
Feb. 17th, 2009 07:03 pm (UTC)
That's harsh :).
outlawpoet
Feb. 17th, 2009 06:38 pm (UTC)
__marcelo
Feb. 17th, 2009 07:04 pm (UTC)
I'm reminded of that House ep when Wilson 'kidnaps' and tortures House's guitar. I enjoyed that part very much.
reilael
Feb. 17th, 2009 06:47 pm (UTC)
I'm really torn here. I can see the pretty, really I can. But. BOOKS! I've always followed the do not fold, spindle or mutilate rule. I don't even highlight textbooks. /o\
__marcelo
Feb. 17th, 2009 07:05 pm (UTC)
Maybe if they were book pages printed specially for the art? That'd be both pretty and non-disturbing, or at least not so much.
sockich
Feb. 17th, 2009 07:21 pm (UTC)
OK, yeah, those are pretty amazing but ARGH WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT? And with old books, too. *twitch* *hugs her books*

Incidentally, I had the same reaction to the burning-books-for-heat part in The Day After Tomorrow. I'm still traumatized by that. ;)
__marcelo
Feb. 17th, 2009 07:38 pm (UTC)
I remember that scene. Clearly, being flammable isn't going to be a survival trait post-apocalypse.
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ratcreature
Feb. 17th, 2009 07:53 pm (UTC)
I've seen art made from books on some other blog before, though I'm not sure whether it was the same artist or someone else. It were different pieces anyway, but also very pretty.

I have no problem with throwing away books in principle and art is more useful than just paper recycling.

I mean, I'm not thrilled if books get thrown away randomly and being a hoarder by nature I don't really do it to mine, but some books are just not useful anymore, say old computer books. Sure, some should be probably kept for some museum or some such, but most are just useless. Similarly a lot of books are just so crappy and kind of failed products that actually almost nobody wants to read them, so turning them into art is cool.

I'm actually sadder how few print ephemera survive because programs, pamphlets and all that stuff gets thrown away so easily, when they actually start to become interesting again a few decades down the line, than that sometimes books don't make it.
__marcelo
Feb. 17th, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC)
I agree it's not a rational response, at least not for books for which there are thousands or hundreds of thousands of copies. Still, it's likely that they are locally unique copies, so it does feel like a tiny bit of civilization just burned (overreacting a lot, of course :D)
sara_lakali
Feb. 18th, 2009 12:21 am (UTC)
As long as she's using those omnibus editions of Readers Digest Condensed Books, I see no problem with this.
__marcelo
Feb. 18th, 2009 01:42 am (UTC)
That... certainly hurts less. I despise condensed books.
poisonivory
Feb. 18th, 2009 01:29 am (UTC)
No no no! *cowers in a corner*
__marcelo
Feb. 18th, 2009 01:43 am (UTC)
A documentary about the process of making those pieces would be really disturbing.
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fishsanwitt
Feb. 18th, 2009 02:18 am (UTC)
Part of me wants to cry - part of me says 'cool use of books' - but not *old* books :(
__marcelo
Feb. 18th, 2009 02:20 am (UTC)
I like it artistically, I just wish it had been done with other materials :).
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