Thursday, February 23, 2012

Cruelty to Books

Abused books

Am in Cincinnati on a shopping expedition: IKEA, Ballard Designs Outlet, Crate and Barrel, Container Store, Pottery Barn, Arhaus, and Restoration Hardware. Have asked for location of any used book stores to no avail. I guess no one here reads.

A short post to register my horror at the cruel treatment of books in the name of home decor. At Arhaus book covers were torn off and discarded. Pages were folded and twisted and curled which made for unusual sculptural pieces, but do they need to destroy books in the name of design? These broken books were to be found on tables, bookshelves and on desks. And at Crate and Barrel books were displayed with their pages facing the browser; the spines were facing the back of the bookcase. I don't get it.

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