Friday, November 25, 2011

OWS Hold Dirge for Ruined Lit

Courthouse News Service:Occupy Protesters Hold Dirge for Ruined Lit
MANHATTAN (CN) - Seated before a table full of badly damaged books, Occupy Wall Street activists and their lawyers demanded that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg replace the 3,000-plus library allegedly destroyed during the Nov. 15 raid of Zuccotti Park.
One title on the list, ironically enough, is the "Bloomberg by Bloomberg" autobiography.
Former New York Civil Liberties Union head Norman Siegel declined to "entertain a hypothetical" about whether a lawsuit over the missing and destroyed books is in the works, but nevertheless invoked "Dirty Harry."
"Make my day," Siegel said.
Sprawled across the table were three beat-up Bibles and a battered book of New Testament psalms. The binding twisted down the Hindu holy book, Bhagavad Gita. Several collections of Beat poet Allen Ginsberg works and biographies were found, to quote "Howl," "in tatters."
Feminist icon Naomi Wolf's "The End of America," lamenting the decline of civil liberties, had extensive water damage and was missing its cover.
Occupy Wall Street organizers posted their complete collection on Librarything.com, which lists more than 6,000 books.

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