“I Don’t Know If You’d Call It Stealing” — Sam Lipsyte, Book Thief

by Biblioklept

Sam Lipsyte read live from his novel The Ask last year on HTML GIANT’s Ustream channel. The reading was cool but the best part was the q&a session afterward. We asked Lipsyte the one question all true biblioklepts are dying to know (and the one question we ask every person we interview): “Have you ever stolen a book?”

Here’s Lipsyte’s response, which you can hear/see at 31:25 in the video:

‘Have you ever stolen a book?’ There was one time when I stole a few books when I worked in a library; it was a university library and my job was to stick the metal strips into the spines of the books that would set off the alarm. And so if a particularly good book came through (and this only happened three or four times) I just wouldn’t–I don’t know if I’d call it stealing–but I wouldn’t put the strip in. And then once it was shelved I would take it.

That’s a pretty sophisticated operation. Kudos to Lipsyte for his candor.

 

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One Comment to ““I Don’t Know If You’d Call It Stealing” — Sam Lipsyte, Book Thief”

  1. Stealing – yes. Somewhat understandable (to bookworms) – I guess…? I mean, I once managed to “borrow” a book without it actually getting recorded (the book apparently wasn’t in the library databases) but I still returned it. Borrow, sure. Take forever… that’s kind of wrong.

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