In tough times, both religion and shoplifting spike in popularity.
2. The Virgin Suicides
A modern goth novel about suicide pacts. Another sign of the times? We hope not.
3. The works of Martin Amis
Dubbed “The New Unpleasantness” by the New York Times, English novelist Amis rails again the excesses of modern capitalism. A comfort read?
4. The works of Charles Bukowski
A “laureate of American lowlife” and prolific writer, Bukowski also knew how to stick it to the man.
5. The works of William S. Burroughs
A Harvard grad, heroin dealer, and seedy bar frequenter, Burroughs was still getting an allowance from his parents when he was in his forties.
6. The works of Raymond Carver
Oh, just another alcoholic genius with a knack for short stories. Sensing a trend here?
7. The works of Don DeLillo
Post-modern novelist who quit his fancy job at Ogilvy because he “just didn’t want to work anymore.”
8. The works of Jack Kerouac
“Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.” – Jack Kerouac …Like paying for books, right?
9. Steal This Book
Title says it all.
10. Travel guidebooks
The thieves seem to be directionally-challenged nomads.
Brooklyn store manager Zack Zook seems to think the reason for the apparent sexism exhibited by book thieves is just part of the bro-code. “It’s mostly younger men stealing the books,” he told Rabb, “They think it’s an existential rite of passage to steal their homeboy.”
Book theft is seen as the biggest form of sacrilege to some devout word-lovers (after burning/throwing them away, of course). Others, like the author from Boulder who got caught swiping his own book, feel entitled to the works. While we’ll never know how Kerouac would feel about someone shoving his book down their pants, we would like to know how you feel. Have you ever nabbed yourself a book? If not, which one tempts you?