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Friday, March 7, 2008

This Week’s Illustrated Letter to the Editor

posted by on March 7 at 8:14 AM

As you know if you read the print edition of The Stranger, every week on our letters page the illustrator Greg Stump illustrates one of the week’s letters to the editor. Here’s this week’s, in response to this piece about book thieves:


(Click image for a slightly bigger version.)

We just got a letter to the editor about this illustrated letter to the editor:

I want to respond to your “Illustrated Letter of the Week” for March 6, 2008, in which a reader tries to defend stealing from bookstores. My first reaction is simply to wonder what is wrong with their library card, but then I was struck by a more important fallacy: the idea that the University Bookstore is one of “the big guys” (i.e. corporate bookstores). This person claims that they have never stolen from an indie store, immediately after admitting to stealing from the largest independent bookseller in Seattle. I have never understood why many people stop perceiving a person or business as being independent, just because they start doing well. (When did George Lucas stop being an independent filmmaker? When he made money?)

Places like the U. Bookstore are our success stories, our hopes and dreams, of the indie store that still thrives after more than a century, and gives back to the community in every way they can. Please, support your local independent booksellers!

Paul S.

Thanks for writing, Paul. You’re right.

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Posted by elenchos | March 7, 2008 8:20 AM

He also draws pictures of me!!!

Posted by Christopher Frizzelle's Enormous Penis | March 7, 2008 8:28 AM

I dunno elnachos. I think the letter could very well be legit.

Posted by the bloop | March 7, 2008 8:28 AM

I loved this illustration, by the way. You guys should do a comic-book edition of The Stranger in which everyone DRAWS their column.

@1 How did I get so behind on my acronym memorization?

Posted by Katelyn | March 7, 2008 8:28 AM

Re: this cartoonist's work: Could I have a glass of water? My throat is so DRY!

Posted by Humor | March 7, 2008 8:37 AM

I'm poor and I like to read, but I borrow from friends or use the *fucking library*. Why do you have to own a book?

Posted by Asshats Steal Books | March 7, 2008 8:38 AM

Books are friends, Asshats.

Posted by Katelyn | March 7, 2008 8:44 AM

And also books are interior decorating.

Posted by Katelyn | March 7, 2008 8:45 AM

Again, this guy is an irredeemable asshole. Why can't *he* get hit by a car or garbage truck or whatever?

Posted by bma | March 7, 2008 8:46 AM

someone should throw him off a cliff?

Posted by Bellevue Ave | March 7, 2008 8:53 AM

No, he needs to take care of this himself. A fatal drug overdose should do it.

Posted by Fnarf | March 7, 2008 9:23 AM

Can't the dude just borrow from the library like all other poor litterary types?

Posted by sasha | March 7, 2008 9:48 AM

University Bookstore is in League with the Textbook Mafia! :(

Posted by NapoleonXIV | March 7, 2008 9:48 AM

This guy is scum, and belongs in Guantanamo.

The book business is challenging enough without sanctimonious thieves like him. (her)?

If he wants to read books for free he can:
1) Go to the Library, or
2) Read the fucking books IN the store.

Posted by Karlheinz Arschbomber | March 7, 2008 9:58 AM

Books are clutter, and they're a pain in the ass to move.

A more fitting death: one of his bookcases falls on him and crushes him to death.

Posted by keshmeshi | March 7, 2008 10:36 AM

An even more fittingly fitting death: upon being informed that University Book Store is in fact, yes, an independent business, Dude's head publicly and gloriously explodes due to cognitive dissonance worthy of Gyorgy Ligeti himself.

Steal fast, think dumb, and leave an unironically headless corpse.

Posted by Jeff Stevens | March 7, 2008 11:19 AM

What's a book?

Posted by elswinger | March 7, 2008 11:43 AM

I'd like to steal a book enormous penis!!!

Posted by Christopher Frizzelle's Enormous Penis | March 7, 2008 5:17 PM

Contant's article got Boinged

Posted by treacle | March 7, 2008 10:05 PM

i only steal books from book stealers

Posted by adrian! | March 7, 2008 11:07 PM

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