View Full Version : The Pleasures and Perils of Chasing Book Thieves

William Haskins
03-10-2008, 04:29 PM
an amusing article by paul constant...

In my eight years working at an independent bookstore, I lost count of how many shoplifters I chased through the streets of Seattle while shouting "Drop the book!" I chased them down crowded pedestrian plazas in the afternoon, I chased them through alleys at night, I even chased one into a train tunnel. I chased a book thief to the waterfront, where he shouted, "Here are your fucking books!" and threw a half-dozen paperbacks, including Bomb the Suburbs and A People's History of the United States, into Puget Sound, preferring to watch them slowly sink into the muck rather than hand them back to the bookseller they were stolen from. He had that ferocious, orgasmic gleam in his eye of somebody who was living in the climax of his own movie: I suppose he felt like he was liberating them somehow.


03-10-2008, 04:34 PM
What a terribly sad and funny article.

Thanks, Will.

03-10-2008, 06:32 PM
It's all Abbie Hoffman's fault, obviously. That prick has a lot to answer for.

03-10-2008, 06:51 PM
It's nobody's fault. The thief thought it was Puget Sound, Washingtome.