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Straitjackets, Machetes and, Oh Yes, Some Books

Robin Blum noted This NYTimes Story on the New York opening of the Autonomadic Bookmobile, which for two years has traveled the country carrying books by Autonomedia, a small nonprofit Williamsburg publisher that prints criticism by authors like Dwight McDonald, Guy Debord and Michel Foucault.
Autonomedia, whose staff members are volunteers, has published more than 200 books. Typically, about 3,000 copies of each book are printed, Mr. Fleming said. But the publisher's best-known book, "T.A.Z." (Temporary Autonomous Zone), a collection of essays on autonomy by Hakim Bey, has sold about 30,000 copies.

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Words on Wheels

News On the Wilkes County Library's new bookmobile. the new bus will be used for years. It cost about $144,000 and was paid for with money left over from the construction of the county's main library building in North Wilkesboro, which opened in January 2000.

The new vehicle is about 4 feet longer and will hold 2,500 books and videos. The old bus held fewer than 2,000.

Patrons will also find lots of Spanish-language materials to serve the county's large Hispanic community.

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