Submitter: I work at the library of [University] in Linz/Austria. We did some weeding this summer, sadly I didn’t come across too many ridiculous books (only hundreds about Turkish tapestry, who needs that?) – but I did find this precious item. To me, this qualifies as an Awful Libary Book. I may be freaked out by it, because of my fear of mimes or all things street performance…but there certainly is a creepy quality to it. There is no text, only pictures of various mime poses.
Holly: Which is creepier, mimes or clowns? Ok, ok, there’s nothing really wrong with this book except that mimes are, admittedly, creepy. Some people are into miming, though, so we have to have a well-rounded collection that includes their needs. Is this book making an artistic statement about miming by not having any words in it?
Mary: If you are into mimes, I know Marcel Marceau is your man. Not that I want to inflict my personal issues with clowns and mimes on a collection, but for a theater arts collection, of course, this is a keeper. Anyone remember Marcel Marceau’s cameo in Mel Brooks’ Silent Movie?