The Occupy Trinity Wall Street Branch of the Occupy Wall Street Library is now open . . . again!
While I am still a street medic, I do not have any medical supplies at the moment because they all were stolen by the NYPD, and so working as a full-time, 24/7 medic is not the optimum arrangement for me now. Therefore, in order to be a creative asset to this occupation I am falling back on one of my many other talents — library worker. I accumulated 11 thought-provoking books over the past two days, set up the library this morning, and in the first hour had passers-by take four of the books and chat with me. At this rate I will need more books fast — so this is a call for books! Please, bring books that constructively engage the intellect and emotion — the time for romance novels is past. To quote Jean-Paul Sartre:
“It is not right, my fellow-countrymen, you who know very well all the crimes committed in our name, it’s not at all right that you do not breathe a word about them to anyone, not even to your own soul, for fear of having to stand judgement of yourself. I am willing to believe that at the beginning you did not realize what was happening; later, you doubted whether such things could be true; but now you know, and still you hold your tongues. . . . And your silence is to no avail; today the blinding sun of torture is at its zenith; it lights up the whole country. Under that merciless glare, there is not a laugh that does not ring false, not a face that is not painted to hide fear or anger, not a single action that does not betray our disgust, and our complicity.” — Preface to “The Wretched of the Earth” by Frantz Fanon
Under that merciless glare there is no time for formulaic romance novels for easily appeased escapist sheeple. We need books that investigate, uncover and present the truth of our existence. We need books that open minds and awaken the heart. We need books that lay bare our crimes, and we need books that search for redemption. We have ignored reality for far too long. Read a book, read a good book — and then donate it to the Occupy Trinity Wall Street Branch of the Occupy Wall Street Library. Thank you!