Sous-fonds F 939.01 - The Marxist Nudist Taxidermy Fonds

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The Marxist Nudist Taxidermy Fonds

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F 939.01

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  • 2012 (Creation)

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4 book items : hardcover

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The items in this fonds were surreptitiously placed on the Ryerson Library's stacks on April 1st 2012 as part of an elaborate prank/performance art initiative of the Marxist Nudist Taxidermy Club.

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This sous fonds contains the four book items/art objects that were collected by library staff in 2012, after the Marxist Nudist Taxidermy Club had surreptitiously placed them on Ryerson library's shelves as part of "The MNT Books Project" According to the MNT website: "We recently took a trip to the various libraries around our fair city and were shocked to learn that a number of landmark texts were missing from their shelves. Where was My Erotic Life by Richard Nixon, for instance? Or The Art and Fundamentals of Competitive Defenestration by Edita Cernosek?...Why burden the under-funded, under-staffed library system with another problem when we could simply donate the needed volumes ourselves? And to make things even easier, why not prep the books in advance with all the required barcodes and classification numbers? oath was made: the MNT Club would seed the libraries of Toronto with six great books on April 1st 2012.

Ryerson staff collected the 'planted' books associated with this hybrid April Fool's Joke/performance art piece, in the days following the initial discovery of the activities of the Marxist Nudist Taxidermy Club. The book items themselves are actually older books, which have been repurposed for this project with the absurdist dust jackets added

Book titles that were successfully collected by staff and added to this fonds include:

Puppies For Africa - How to Solve Poverty, AIDS and Genocide with Adorable Dog Babies!
My Erotic Life - Richard 'Dick" Nixon
Why Are Babies so Ugly - Oprah Winfrey
Circus of Desire - Penelope Brimshaw

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