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Where books go to die...

Check out this compelling, beautiful and (to a book lover such as myself) horrific slide show of an abandoned, rotting schoolbook depository in Detroit. What all of this says about urban spaces, the educational system and the environment is almost too awful to contemplate.

Update: The photographer has a long and thoughtful post on this subject here.

(Via Boing Boing.)

January 19, 2008 in Books | Permalink


Those are amazing - almost post-apocalyptic. And frightening. How many words...

Thanks for the link to some amazing photos, but I feel sorry for the books - and for the kids who will never get to use them.


Posted by: David Niall Wilson at Jan 19, 2008 10:29:37 AM

One of my favorite things when I was a kid was when the local library had its used book sale. You could get twenty books for ten bucks. I asked my mom what happened to the books they didn't sell, and she told me they gave them to poor schools. But now she told me that was a lie, and they threw them out if they didn't get sold. I think I am still traumatized.

Posted by: tim at Jan 21, 2008 2:04:03 PM