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The foul book-beast of Swindon

January 14th, 2011 (03:38 pm)

The Bodleian Libraries Twitter feed refers to books added to the new depository in Swindon as having been 'ingested'. Does this mean that the books are, in fact, being fed to a monster which has taken up residence on an industrial estate off the A419 and is demanding matured printed matter as its price for not unleashing a greater cataclysm? Perhaps this is why so many public libraries are closing, so that the beast has more to feed on when it has ingested the entire Bodleian bookstack.

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Posted by: wellinghall (wellinghall)
Posted at: January 14th, 2011 05:35 pm (UTC)

A question almost worthy of ladyofastolat herself ...

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: January 14th, 2011 05:44 pm (UTC)

She usually has the greatest insight into these matters!

Posted by: Virgers! How are we doing with those explosives? (tree_and_leaf)
Posted at: January 14th, 2011 05:52 pm (UTC)
Books

It's the only explanation that makes any sense!

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: January 14th, 2011 05:54 pm (UTC)

It's the secret reason for the move towards e-books. Either it's the only way to starve the monster, or the monster owns shares in Kindle, eReader, Nook...

Posted by: But what if I'm a mermaid? (deepbluemermaid)
Posted at: January 14th, 2011 10:19 pm (UTC)
academia definitions

This is just delightful! Permission to post to metaquotes, please?

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: January 14th, 2011 10:26 pm (UTC)

It would be an honour! Go right ahead!

Posted by: But what if I'm a mermaid? (deepbluemermaid)
Posted at: January 14th, 2011 10:54 pm (UTC)
Monty Python - Mr Gumby

Done!

http://community.livejournal.com/metaquotes/7495401.html

I hope you don't mind me changing the title reference from Python to H2G2...

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: January 14th, 2011 10:56 pm (UTC)

It wasn't a conscious reference to anything, but the H2G2 is a dashing editorial intervention and I approve of it.

I've now unlocked the entry, so here we are.