I'm sorry, I just can't do it. Like murdering a small, defenceless animal.
So far we've only done it with travel guides
, but your approach to 2666
looks sound to me.
I should have guessed you would go one step further. I was thinking I could do with some sort of slipcase for the five volumes, perhaps I could re-jacket them instead.
Or slipcase and new jackets...
Not library books, however.
It's given me an idea of what to do with my copy of Wolf Hall, bought as a travel read...
I was going to say, "Only if you're Joe Orton," and then I really looked at the link.
2010-04-14 09:32 am (UTC)
The author is dead, right?
Is this a literal question or a metaphysical one?
2010-04-14 11:34 am (UTC)
A post-structuralist one, actually.
Sorry, yes, that was what I meant. No brain this morning!
2010-04-14 11:35 am (UTC)
Destroying books - BAD
Reconfiguring media to our own ends - GOOD
2010-04-14 12:08 pm (UTC)
Brian picked up a whole load of half-Ace doubles someone had carefully dismembered each double and rebound the resulting singles with cardboard backs and duct tape spines. People were buying them at Eastercon as a practical solution to the problem of shelving them.
2010-04-14 12:52 pm (UTC)
Drat. I've already comment on your blog, but I just remembered something. So I might as well add it here as it's not that important, anyway:
What I mean to say is, I've since remembered two occasions when I bought second-hand books that turned out to be rubbish - in the one case, the glue in the binding had almost totally gone, and in the other the book was badly water damaged. I was unwilling to throw the books out unread, so what I did, as both books were short story collections, was after each story I read, I tore it out and threw it away. A sort of handy reminder to myself that the books were shit and not for keeping, and a way of measuring progress.
The situation is perhaps very different from yours (where you butcher it but still keep the results), but given I've done the above, I have no option to vote 'GOOD' in your pool, despite saying words to the effect of 'I think it's BAD myself' on your blog, lest I appear like a hypocritical bastard.
This may be the answer to my Anathem problem - I really want to read it, but there are no multi-volume editions (like my much-loved triple-decker Strange and Norrell) and an e-reader seems overkill for just one book (even if it's even available in that format).
like my much-loved triple-decker Strange and Norrell
Ooh, I didn't know about that. Strange And Norrell has been sat on my shelf on grounds of bigness for some time, a triple-decker would have been lovely.
They sell a three-volume edition of 2666, there's no call to slice the one-volume edition.
Depends where you live but doesn't really matter anyway if you already own the one-volume edition.