Saturday, September 30, 2006

ministry of reshelving

aka: our covert and only slightly edgy adventure...

A couple of weekends ago I emancipated The Hater. We were at the bookstore looking for a philosophy book that they didn't have. Before we left he asked if there was anything else I wanted to see while we were there...

TH: Want to look for anything else?
g: Not particularly, but there's something we need to do before we leave.
TH: What?
g: We need to find Orwell's 1984.
TH: You've already read that.
g: No, not to read. We're going to reshelve it in the "Current Events" section.
TH: What are you talking about?
g: You remember, that movement where people all over the country reshelved 1984? I've only done it one other time, but I'm feeling the need to do it again today.
TH: What movement? Are you making this up?
g: They called themselves the Ministry of Reshelving. They put bookmarks in the books and stuff. I don't have the bookmark, but I think the point would come across anyway.
TH: That's great. Let's do it.

And we did. We were classic 007.

We reshelved about ten copies of George Orwell's 1984 from "Fiction" to "Modern Politics" (specifically to cover up Ann Coulter's books because they didn't have a "Current Events" section). We completed our civic duty in an exciting, covert way, vowing that we would do it again the next time we went to Books-a-Million again (or Borders or Barnes and Noble or Bookland or wherever... because it's really that important, especially this close to mid-terms).

Our dare for you? This week we dare you to do something bold: think for yourself.

As you can see, Bart Simpson is in trouble again, as he learns how to be a "good" brainwashed citizen: "I will not incite grassroots play and commentary anarchy in the fiction section of bookstores..."

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