Monday, November 21, 2011

Unintentional Irony

Like many of you, I've been hearing news about the Occupy movement for a little while now. However, since I am holding down a full-time job -- one which I would like to keep -- it doesn't make much sense for me to head over to the nearest Occupy camp and get fined and/or arrested, despite my supporting them conceptually. (That sounds a bit hollow, I suppose, but as I mentioned a couple weeks back, I don't feel I can financially afford to live and still hold my ideals.)

When the police ransacked the People's Library in New York last week, I was stunned to see that A) the Occupy Wall Street group had a library (thanks for the substantive reporting, news media) and B) they were essentially playing out the back-story of Fahrenheit 451. Kudos to the Occupy people for retrieving what books they could and starting the People's Library again. The least I could do was to send over some books from my collection, now that I knew they were taking donations like that.

I don't have a lot (any?) books that would be truly be relevant and/or poignant to the movement as a whole, but what I do have are comics. So I packed up a collection of graphic novels and TPBs to send over. It was a bit of a mixed bag of books -- some Marvel, some DC, some independent. Just some things to maybe let them escape for a bit. Packed them up neatly, took them to the post office and sent them off. (With a confirmation of receipt since the post office attendant was eyeballing me a little strangely after he saw the address.)

After sending the box off, I realized I should probably remove the books from my personal collection database before I forget what I've done with them. It was only then that I realized that about a third of the books I sent off were by Frank Miller.

Yes, the same Frank Miller who caused a stink last week by ranting about how they were "a pack of louts, thieves, and rapists... fed by Woodstock-era nostalgia and putrid false righteousness." I sent over The Dark Knight, Daredevil, some of his really good stuff.

I don't know Miller personally and have nothing against him. I still think he's turned out some fantastic comics over the years. But it still amused me to think that he is, if he hasn't already, inadvertently supporting the very group he decried. Had I realized that before I sent the books off, I might have seen JUST books by Miller.

Anyway, if you're interested in supporting the Occupy Wall Street People's Library, donations can be sent to:
The UPS Store
Re: Occupy Wall Street

Attn: The People's Library
118A Fulton St. #205

New York, NY 10038

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