Books as protection

June 1, 2011 at 12:00 am 2 comments

In a belated repost from the Housmans blog, I’m tickled to report a recent trend in student protest in Europe: using books as protection against the police! It turns out that shield-sized book mock-ups are great protection against police batons when used by groups of students to form something akin to the Roman legion “turtle”. Apparently it is called “Book Bloc” and it’s pretty awesome (see above).

So the question naturally arises, as Housmans asks, what book would you use to protect yourself? Personally, I’m a fan of the guys using things like 1984 and Brave New World, although I might lean towards something more swash-buckling in my bookish student protest: “I will fight you off with the strength of The Three Musketeers!” quoth the protestor. A girl can dream.



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  • 1. Emily  |  June 6, 2011 at 12:36 am

    I’d like it vastly more if the shields looked at all like the covers of the books. So you wrote the name of the title in black tempera. Great. Could you at least use an interesting font? Which book would I use as a shield? “Brave New World,” because it is life-changing/ethos-altering. That, and, I’m not interesting/literary enough to know of a more underground title.

    • 2. Corey  |  June 6, 2011 at 1:49 am

      They did try to use fonts, but there’s only so much black tempera can accomplish font-wise, I guess. And I’m assuming they wanted the shields to be as easy to read from a distance and in photos as possible, so they didn’t want cover art making everything difficult to decipher. That’s only a guess based on the ugly, black-block-letters-only signs Andrew had us make at GVSHP so they would turn out in press photos. :)

      All the same, I agree they would be much more aesthetically pleasing with their actual covers!


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