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(Huffington Post)   Former "The Hills" star Lauren Conrad makes craft video in which she destroys books in order to make it look like...wait for it...she has lots of books on her shelves. Hilarity ensues   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 111
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2012-08-22 02:48:59 PM
It's like Hostel for librarians.

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2012-08-22 02:59:15 PM
Star?
 
2012-08-22 04:57:34 PM
But she is smarter than Brian Griffen.
 
2012-08-22 04:57:40 PM
Video, since she deleted it off her website.

That's great. Destroy ten books to make a box, that looks like books.
 
2012-08-22 04:58:18 PM
The Great Twatsby
 
2012-08-22 05:03:51 PM
Now she has the perfect place to store those books she just destroyed. That's brilliant!
 
2012-08-22 05:04:09 PM
I could see how this could have some value to let your storage boxes blend in with the rest of the bookshelf, but save yourself the hassle and go buy some wicker storage boxes at Ikea or something as opposed to trying to camouflage some ugly box.
 
2012-08-22 05:05:54 PM
To be fair, she only destroyed pre-teen toilet paper. Please continue with your collection of Harry Potter.

/dumb twat
 
2012-08-22 05:09:13 PM
Am I the only one who doesn't really see why this is a big deal? You now have storage that you didn't have before, and a pretty awesome hiding place... are you suggesting that books NEVER get torn up or tossed out?

What's the big deal?

Is it just BOOKS ARE INVIOLABLE, APOSTATE!!!

If so, I'll just keep my mouth shut and move on.
 
2012-08-22 05:11:54 PM
what a dumb ass...had she just used works like Twatlight Saga and 50 Shades of Snuff, no one would have cared.
 
2012-08-22 05:12:08 PM

Flint Ironstag: Video, since she deleted it off her website.


That was even stupider than I imagined.
 
2012-08-22 05:12:54 PM
When I used to run a bookstore, I would get women like this who would pop in and look for books that "looked good" on their shelf, but at a discount. They'd buy them and let me in on the "secret" that they don't really read that much, but they like having their shelves full so people think they do. These women also seemed to be the main customers for Oprah's book of the month.

They also bought books exclusively for their coffee table.
 
2012-08-22 05:13:08 PM

Lolthien: Am I the only one who doesn't really see why this is a big deal? You now have storage that you didn't have before, and a pretty awesome hiding place... are you suggesting that books NEVER get torn up or tossed out?

What's the big deal?

Is it just BOOKS ARE INVIOLABLE, APOSTATE!!!

If so, I'll just keep my mouth shut and move on.


I'm with you on this. It's not like these books are timeless treasures without copies. If she changes her mind and decides to read Lemony Snicket, she can go buy a new copy.
 
2012-08-22 05:13:27 PM

Lolthien: If so, I'll just keep my mouth shut and move on.


No, maybe it's just the idea that you debind a whole bunch of books to make it look like you have a bunch of books on your bookshelf is a little dissonant in the cognition department. Also, it's Lauren Conrad. Nobody's gonna be fooled into thinking she read anything but the latest Cosmo sex survey, regardless of how many books, real or not, she puts on her shelves.
 
2012-08-22 05:15:46 PM
So what I am reading is that it is wrong to hide a flask of hooch in a hollowed out Bible?

/The box is just a larger hollowed out area.
 
2012-08-22 05:17:20 PM

ZeroCorpse: They'd buy them and let me in on the "secret" that they don't really read that much, but they like having their shelves full so people think they do.


I never understood why people would do that. Confide in the bookstore owner or employee, that is. Wouldn't that be like confiding in the game processor that you really hate venison, you just wanted the meat so people think you hunt? You're gonna get nothing but the stink eye for that.
 
2012-08-22 05:17:58 PM
In the video, Conrad explained that she found a "great way to display vintage books or slightly used books and also create a unique storage space."

Yeah, good idea you stupid twunt, take a book that has managed to survive 60 or 70 years, is probably out of print, and at least slightly rare, and then destroy it to make it look like you've got (Are you ready for this?) BOOKS!
 
2012-08-22 05:19:04 PM
I feel the same way about this as I do when I see "jewelry" made from vintage watch parts:

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Why destroy something with inherent value, just to make some faddish decorative item? 

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2012-08-22 05:19:42 PM
As others have pointed out, she's using a new, popular book series that could have been donated to kids that really want to read them - she didn't use some of the books many people consider "disposable": romance novels, technical manuals, old encyclopedias... She COULD have suggested going to a struggling thrift store and buying some really ragged books for this project. The store makes a sale and something good is made out of it (the books this woman used were far from ready for the trash heap).

I was at a Farmer's Market where some guy made bookmarks out of book spines. I thought it was a really dumb idea and wondered what happened to the rest of the books.

Considering how many books have been targeted for destruction by one organization or another, this is pretty hard to defend. Books as a whole do have a great importance to our society.
 
2012-08-22 05:23:16 PM

Kraftwerk Orange: Why destroy something with inherent value, just to make some faddish decorative item?


OOOOOOH STEAMPUNK!
 
2012-08-22 05:24:45 PM

Lodger: ...

Considering how many books have been targeted for destruction by one organization or another, this is pretty hard to defend. Books as a whole do have a great importance to our society.


Again, maybe my outrage meter is mis-calibrated again, but I really can't see the connection between hatemonger book burning and using old books to make a storage place.

Admittedly, she could possibly have used other books, but am I wrong is assuming it's not the particular books she chose, but that she chose books at all? The thrift store is a good idea, and many libraries have old, worn-out books they sell off super cheap every so often.

Did she buy these books NEW just to slice them up? If so, that's stupid, but I would think pretty much anyone would have figured that part out.
 
2012-08-22 05:25:09 PM

Lolthien: are you suggesting that books NEVER get torn up or tossed out?


I think we're suggesting that books don't get reprinted for an infinite amount of time, so books are a finite thing, and every one you destroy is one less on the planet for future people to enjoy. Hell, I even feel bad when someone destroys a "Twilight" book. Eventually all of the books are gone, and nobody gets to read them, hold them, smell them anymore.
 
2012-08-22 05:25:58 PM

Lolthien: Am I the only one who doesn't really see why this is a big deal? You now have storage that you didn't have before, and a pretty awesome hiding place... are you suggesting that books NEVER get torn up or tossed out?

What's the big deal?

Is it just BOOKS ARE INVIOLABLE, APOSTATE!!!

If so, I'll just keep my mouth shut and move on.


Hey, I'm with you. seems like a cool project.
 
2012-08-22 05:26:38 PM

Lolthien: Am I the only one who doesn't really see why this is a big deal? You now have storage that you didn't have before, and a pretty awesome hiding place... are you suggesting that books NEVER get torn up or tossed out?

What's the big deal?

Is it just BOOKS ARE INVIOLABLE, APOSTATE!!!

If so, I'll just keep my mouth shut and move on.


For me the issue is she could have put the books in the box with the spines pointing out and spared the world a moron teaching other morons how to do something that involves sharp tools
 
2012-08-22 05:27:56 PM

Mikey1969: Lolthien: are you suggesting that books NEVER get torn up or tossed out?

I think we're suggesting that books don't get reprinted for an infinite amount of time, so books are a finite thing, and every one you destroy is one less on the planet for future people to enjoy. Hell, I even feel bad when someone destroys a "Twilight" book. Eventually all of the books are gone, and nobody gets to read them, hold them, smell them anymore.



Wait, are we still talking about books?
 
2012-08-22 05:28:17 PM
Were the books hers? Did she pay for them?

Then who cares what she does?
 
2012-08-22 05:28:50 PM
I'm torn on this. I like repurposing things, but usually only if they've outlived their original usefullness.
 
2012-08-22 05:29:47 PM

jj325: ...
For me the issue is she could have put the books in the box with the spines pointing out and spared the world a moron teaching other morons how to do something that involves sharp tools



Wait, what? How would that be useful to any degree at all? At least with her way she has a place to store them..

I really think I'm treading on thin ice here, so I'll just let it drop, but I think I might take the suggestion above and buy some old thrift store moth-eaten books and try this.
 
2012-08-22 05:31:57 PM
FFS it's not a double elephant Audubon. It was some crap series. If it was some twee hipster chick on etsy doing this would it be nearly as tragic?
 
2012-08-22 05:32:16 PM

Walker: Star?


I see what you did there...and I entirely agree. I think the driving force here is 'Former....' Her 15-minutes are a fading memory, she has no perceptible talent and is too lazy to gain one, and she's therefore this desperate to get near a camera again. Sad.
 
2012-08-22 05:33:38 PM
Who cares. It's not like she made a box out of the Koran.
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2012-08-22 05:40:03 PM
"It has always been my belief that people who spend too much time with my work end up as lost souls, drained of reason, who lead lives of raving emptiness and occasional lunatic violence. What a relief it is to see this documented."
-Lemony Snicket
 
2012-08-22 05:51:32 PM

cgraves67: I'm with you on this. It's not like these books are timeless treasures without copies


It's like when you find an Asimov book from the 40's. Of COURSE there are "copies", probably a whole ten of them.

Shiat doesn't get printed forever and ever, not even by the "stars".
 
2012-08-22 05:55:37 PM
I've seen this kind of crap before. I used to manage an independent bookstore and we used to sell a lot of old hardbounds. Besides the occult stuff for which the store was known for, we had encyclopedias, law, medical, history, stuff we take for granted. Some of them were pretty rare titles. And we used to have this one little guy come in and buy everything we had.

After about a year, I finally thought to ask him how many books were in his library now. He told me that he was cutting the spines off the books and gluing them to the walls of his house so it would look like he had a library. Then he used what was left of the book to heat his house.

I never sold him another book after that.
 
2012-08-22 05:57:22 PM
Apparently, you first need to find a box that is the exact height and width to accomodate the book spines you are going to use.
 
2012-08-22 05:58:39 PM
davidkirkpatrick.net

/approves
/also, hot
 
2012-08-22 06:01:42 PM
In the video, Conrad explained that she found a "great way to display vintage books or slightly used books and also create a unique storage space." She then proceeded to cut the spine off nine of Lemony Snicket's "A Series of Unfortunate Events" books and glue them to a box, destroying the books in the process.

I'm OK with this.
 
2012-08-22 06:10:03 PM
"It has always been my belief that people who spend too much time with my work end up as lost souls, drained of reason, who lead lives of raving emptiness and occasional lunatic violence. What a relief it is to see this documented."

Lulz.
 
2012-08-22 06:13:07 PM

Mikey1969: cgraves67: I'm with you on this. It's not like these books are timeless treasures without copies

It's like when you find an Asimov book from the 40's. Of COURSE there are "copies", probably a whole ten of them.

Shiat doesn't get printed forever and ever, not even by the "stars".


heh. funny you should mention asimov as an example. i wanted to find a book i read a long time ago about the elements. "building blocks of the universe," had 4 copies available on amazon... 4. too bad young kids may never have access to this because unfortunately things do go out of print.

/ii wonder if my grade school's library still has this?
//Link if you are interested
 
2012-08-22 06:13:14 PM

ZeroCorpse: When I used to run a bookstore, I would get women like this who would pop in and look for books that "looked good" on their shelf, but at a discount. They'd buy them and let me in on the "secret" that they don't really read that much, but they like having their shelves full so people think they do. These women also seemed to be the main customers for Oprah's book of the month.

They also bought books exclusively for their coffee table.


Middlesex was on on Oprah's BOTMC... I will forever give it (her book club) a pass. Great freaking book.
 
2012-08-22 06:13:50 PM

farkingismybusiness: Who cares. It's not like she made a box out of the Koran.
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Thanks for the weekend project. When I'm done I'll use the box to store my precious pork rinds.
 
2012-08-22 06:16:17 PM
There is something special about books. Special enough that even in the age of ebook readers, iPads, ect... that this just seems insulting. But then again, I'm not sure this woman is capable of knowing how read or even open a book, so I'm not surprised that she'd see a book as something to destroy to make into something else.

However, if she had used old encyclepedias, like the ones printed 30 years ago, then it's possible no one would care. Out of date reference material. That map of the USSR isn't going to any 6th grader any use on their report of modern day Russia.
 
2012-08-22 06:16:25 PM
Who the fark cares? I can see getting your panties in a bunch over destroying books if they are painstakingly hand-written by a small group of celibate monks who live in the middle of nowhere, but these days it's just ridiculous. I think I will clean up my e-book collection when I get home and delete a bunch of duplicates. HOW DARE I!
 
2012-08-22 06:16:56 PM
You know who else liked to destroy books?
 
2012-08-22 06:19:03 PM
Because nobody has ever destroyed a book for storage before?

uncrate.com
 
2012-08-22 06:22:06 PM
Wasn't there a link like two weeks ago where someone wrapped their router in an old hardcover to hide it and everyone was like, oooh, neat!? But then a dopey TV personality does the same thing and it's sacrilege.

Nerds.
 
2012-08-22 06:26:02 PM

divgradcurl: heh. funny you should mention asimov as an example. i wanted to find a book i read a long time ago about the elements. "building blocks of the universe," had 4 copies available on amazon... 4. too bad young kids may never have access to this because unfortunately things do go out of print.

/ii wonder if my grade school's library still has this?
//Link if you are interested


There is an awesome used bookstore chain in Az that has been a goldmine for me. I have a ton of old stuff, Asimov just happened to come to mind since I have a lot of his books. It's sad, really... And digital won't truly replace it, it is never going to be as easy to thumb back and forth with my Nook as it id through a regular book. And then, we have to hope that someone took the time to preserve a specific book.
 
2012-08-22 06:28:12 PM

Scrotastic Method: Wasn't there a link like two weeks ago where someone wrapped their router in an old hardcover to hide it and everyone was like, oooh, neat!? But then a dopey TV personality does the same thing and it's sacrilege.

Nerds.


One book versus bunches of books. It's about volume, here.
 
2012-08-22 06:31:05 PM

Mikey1969: cgraves67: I'm with you on this. It's not like these books are timeless treasures without copies

It's like when you find an Asimov book from the 40's. Of COURSE there are "copies", probably a whole ten of them.

Shiat doesn't get printed forever and ever, not even by the "stars".


The line between mass-produced pulp that can be cut up for crafts projects and a Gutenberg Bible or first edition Principia Mathmatica: It cuts across the literary landscape like the I-80 cuts across Nebraska. It's not a fine line.

My wife is a librarian. The library gets dozens of old books a month in donation. They also weed out hundreds of books out of the collection each year. All these books get put on a book sale. If they don't sell in a certain amount of time, they get recycled. Fact of life. Books die.
 
2012-08-22 06:31:15 PM
Oh boo freakin hoo. I could understand the outrage if it were a rare or important book. But some mass-produced crap? STFU.

One of my hobbies is making Lovecraftian relics, and ocassionally hollow magic tomes, but I get around the issue by just buying $3 PC Repair books from 1998, or copies of "A Users Guide to Windows 2000". 

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