“Upcyclers” are still trashing books — and their champion gains influence.
You know who I saw on the TV this weekend? Gracing a news show as if he was some kind of trusted authority figure, rather than the scurrilous villain Wretched readers know him to be? It was…
That’s right! Matthew Yglesias the Anti-Bookite! Matthew Yglesias the Blithe Befouler of Buckram! Sitting there blabbing about the economy like some kind of distinguished correspondent for Slate who’d written for the Atlantic, ThinkProgress and the American Prospect and published two books of his own! Which, OK, I guess he is.
In other words, he’s an archvillain.
Maybe Yglesias would like it if someone took a few of his most-thumbed books and turned them into “nostalgia-soaked experiences.” Like, say, this:
It’s the John Maynard Keynes pencil cup! Yes, what we have here is Keynes’ A Treatise on Money stripped of its binding, punched through with holes and made into a place to store pencils. (Which are even more obsolete than books, when you think about it. If anything, we should be turning a bunch of pencils into a bookcase.)
Or how about repurposing another title from Yglesias’ shelf…
Or we could bring an economic twist to another trendy fugfest — er, nostalgia trip: Book planters.
The Wealth of Nations Bulb Starter:
As you can see, this is actually made from The Asphalt Handbook, because when you think “darling planter,” you think “asphalt handbook.”
The Aftershock Cactus Caddy:
The “Matthew Yglesias’ Undergrad Reading List” Window Box:
Stop the madness.