Visiting my friends house the other day I noticed something that at first I thought was rather an original use of books and then immediately after got a bit enraged.
The pub near to her house The Swan and Edgar has by means of decoration a shelf of books displayed above the window as you can see in the picture below:
On doing a bit of google searching I also found out that they have decorated the interior with books also, with a bar built on second hand books.
So what got me totally enraged was the thought of all those lovely classic books open to the British rain and general grotty weather. And inside, people spilling their pints all down them.
Yes yes, so this is recycling of a sort, but it seems a bit crass to use books in such a superficial way when what’s supposed to be important about them is their content! Perhaps I’m a bit of a hypocrite, after all I do love a good book cover and according to some blurb on a website the pub is actually literary themed with planned book signings and quizzes to be held there. I should probably go and actually have a pint there before being totally ‘anti’.
But to continue on the theme I have noticed alot of pubs using books as decoration, either on shelves or stacked up on the side. This can be kind of nice and add a friendly feel, but sometimes it just seems an empty gesture.
What do people think – am I being too harsh? Is it simply an original idea / recycling of unused books? Or is it a crime against humanity…er…I mean books!?