We will kill our pets to protest the War.
If President Bush didn’t pull out of Iraq, the poster went on to say, “We, the Raelian Pet Owners United to Stop War, will kill our pets.” It listed a date and time. At a dog park, of course.
It was hilarious … and actually generated a police investigation … but it was only so interesting. Because of course the Los Angeles Cacophony Society (the poster’s true author) wasn’t really going to kill any pets, and of course George Bush wasn’t going to pull out of Iraq, and there was nothing any members of the public could do about it anyway. So, yeah: very funny joke, but nothing to see here.
Ten years later, two Arizona Burners may have just done Cacophony one better.
In July Admiral Fiesta and Sista Turtle Dove began work on the “Peruse it or Lose it Library,” which had its first shelf life at last weekend’s Arizona Decompression. The premise is simple: they built a library for Decompression, and at the end of the event they burned it – along with whatever books were left.
If you didn’t want a book to burn, you … yes, you, the person walking by … had to take it. Otherwise it went up in flames.
“We were compared to Nazis on several occasions,” Admiral Fiesta told me. “To paraphrase a friend’s argument on Facebook, the Nazis were burning books as an act of censorship – particularly censorship of deviant art and pornography.”
The Nazis, however, were not famous for willingly letting things go. The “Peruse it or Lose it Library” was different: practically begging passers-by to be their own Schindler.
“During the event I had many people come up to me and ask, ‘Are you really going to burn books on Saturday?’” Sista Turtle Dove said. “My typical response was, ‘Only if there are any left…’” Read more »