Friday, August 12, 2011

It was a pleasure to burn...

Apparently bookshops have for the most part evaded the attention of the looters; and a Waterstones employee was heard quipping that this is a pity, because “if they steal some books they might learn something.” Which did prompt me to throw together a quick reading list that might throw a little light on the situation, and it was looking something like this:
...when I noticed the delightful Bidisha pointing out that a TV show made for Amnesty International was made by a team of 11 white men and... er... that’s it. And my boring liberal conscience kicked in, and I wondered whether it really matters, but if it does, are there any books by women and/or people who aren’t Caucasian that might be added to my list?


(Title half-inched from the opening of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. Image ramraided from the delectable Photoshoplooter. And while we’re vaguely on the subject, if you think reading matter is sacrosanct, look at this.)

PS: As if someone heard me, Bookmarks has come up with a list. It’s more inclusive than mine, but not that much.

4 comments:

Rol said...

We Need To Talk About Kevin...

patroclus said...

No Logo?

Annie said...

The Shock Doctrine: the rise of disaster capitalism by Naomi Klein

Tim Footman said...

Good call, Rol. And yes, Patroclus and Annie, a serious omission. I'm sure I would have thought of Ms Klein if Bidisha hadn't distracted me, and that's my story and I'm sticking to it.