From:   Jeff Sharlet <>
Sent time:   Tuesday, November 15, 2011 8:58:55 AM
Cc:;; Occupy Writers <>; Steven J. Syrek <>; People's Library <>
Subject:   Re: [september17discuss] Re-Occupy OWS Library?

NEW PLAN. Rev Billy, Savitri d and I had book event tonight. INSTEAD: as many as can show up 6 pm broadway and liberty with books in hand, writers and readers. Everybody reads. At once. So they can't claim permit.  The Noise of Democracy.

Oops. Just got shoved by cop.

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On Nov 15, 2011, at 10:42 AM, rob hollander <> wrote:

+1 Martin Kaminer. The books and the library are also an important symbol that counteracts the "weed-smoking hippie, homeless rapist" image some media have promoted. "OWS is outraged over the loss of its library -- demands its books back!" -- sounds good to me. 

On Tue, Nov 15, 2011 at 9:38 AM, Martin Kaminer <> wrote:
Are there any photos of all the trashed books in the dump trucks?  It's like the Library at Alexandria, or Nazi Book Burnings, very powerful image . . .

On Tue, Nov 15, 2011 at 9:33 AM, Jeff Sharlet <> wrote:
My sense is it's an asap kinda deal. Crowd of nebbishy writers (I mean like me) hauling stacks of books will give many people who want to get involved but are scared some courage.

On Tue, Nov 15, 2011 at 9:30 AM, Mark Greif <> wrote:
I also think it's a beautiful idea.  I know that a colleague at the New School was coordinating book and library donation there, to go with N17 -- Rachelle Rahme, whom I'm cc:ing here.  Hi Rachelle!

I think, if we want it to matter as much as we should, we might think of a particular time tomorrow to restock the library if Zuccotti Square is being fully reoccupied.  (Details still changing now.)  That way it would offer press (!) a chance to write it up as an event -- and pick up on the continuing resonance of destroying so many precious books yesterday, so hatefully.

On Tue, Nov 15, 2011 at 9:24 AM, Martin Kaminer <> wrote:
I think it is a beautiful idea.  And not just writers, everyone should be encouraged to come with a book.

On Tue, Nov 15, 2011 at 9:22 AM, Jeff Sharlet <> wrote:
Just an idea: Should writers re-occupy by going en masse with our books, our magazines, our zines, etc., to rebuild the OWS library?

Time's short and I'm headed down to Zuccotti, so I've cc'd this to the September 17 OWS listserv, Occupy Writers, which which I'm affiliated, the writers group, and the OWS library. I'm BCC'ing to a small group of OccupyWriters signatories that I could quickly find in my email.

If folks on the ground have other ideas, or think this is a bad idea, let me know.

Rob Hollander
Lower East Side Residents for Responsible Development
622 E 11, #10
NYC, 10009