Molly sent me this link to a sad, strange story about a bookstore in Kansas City burning books in protest because they couldn't get anyone to take the surplus books off their hands. The story and the accompanying video are rather vague about the situation, so I'm not sure what the real point is. When you think about it, isn't it irresponsible to collect so many books that you can't get rid of, and then expect people to take them off your hands when you don't want them anymore?
I agree with the owners that the decline in reading in the U.S. is deplorable, but I fail to see how burning books is going to "spark a conversation" about it (sorry about the pun, but I was quoting!), especially a productive one. Chris recently posted about the topic after he read an article about the lack of reading today, and there was a more productive conversation in the reader comments section than I imagine could be garnered by burning a bunch of books. Maybe it was the cheapest way they could think of to get rid of them - disguised as a protest? I'd hate to believe that.