From a Margo Rabb essay on book theft:
“It’s mostly younger men stealing the books,” Zack Zook, the general manager of BookCourt in Brooklyn, suggested. “They think it’s an existential rite of passage to steal their homeboy.”Even in my little town, the barely solvent bookstore had to keep Charles Bukowksi and Jack Kerouac at the front desk.
Steal These Books (New York Times)
Reader, have you ever stolen a book? Me, never.
My friend Linda pointed me to this beautiful story:
Boy Lifts Book; Librarian Changes Boy’s Life (NPR)