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July 31, 2017 1:30 PM   Subscribe

!!!! I need a movie of this right now
posted by Hermione Granger at 1:39 PM on July 31 [8 favorites]

Mr. Shinn was 6'6" tall and the librarians were told to remember his face?

His wife would watch soap operas all day while he went to the library. She could not understand the $100,000 bail. People take books from the library all the time.

The movie would write itself. +1 to Hermione Granger's suggestion of a movie!
posted by AugustWest at 3:11 PM on July 31 [2 favorites]

dude did 13 fucking years for stealing books!? I know a guy who got 11 for walking up to a rival gang member in broad daylight and putting a bullet through his head.
posted by youthenrage at 4:45 PM on July 31 [4 favorites]

(See also Nicholas Basbanes' 'A Gentle Madness.')
posted by box at 4:47 PM on July 31 [1 favorite]

At first I was like hmm maybe Matt Damon could play him, this sounds like a Matt Damon role

But 6'6" is like Conan O'Brien territory and Damon just does not measure up

So I googled "actors taller than 6'5" " and Google in all its glory gave me the perfect answer:

Tim Robbins
posted by Hermione Granger at 6:43 PM on July 31 [5 favorites]

If Robin Williams gets away with playing Patch Adams, Matt Damon can play Shinn.
posted by idiopath at 8:03 PM on July 31

And in a similar vein, The Map Thief.
posted by Thella at 9:38 PM on July 31 [2 favorites]

Oh my god, this guy is history's greatest monster.

Do not steal rare books! The revulsion flows through me.
posted by Justinian at 12:06 AM on August 1 [1 favorite]

Look's like this thread needs Jason Shiga's BOOKHUNTER. Kicking ass and collecting late fees, because books are - information is - serious business.
posted by BiggerJ at 12:59 AM on August 1 [1 favorite]

dude did 13 fucking years for stealing books!?

You come at a librarian, you best not miss.
posted by um at 2:13 AM on August 1 [22 favorites]

Did anyone else picture Joe Manganiello (Alcide from True Blood) in a black bodysuit accidentally doing a shoulder roll into a microfiche machine? with a delicate pair of glass balanced on his nose?

If he can't do it, maybe Channing Tatum can do this with the Coen Brothers directing.
posted by Freecola at 5:50 AM on August 1

2 of 5 stars:

This story seemed like someone's attempt to make book thievery dashing and underhanded. Next time I'll just Kindle it.
posted by Sphinx at 6:19 AM on August 1 [2 favorites]

"...he researchers have found shoe polishes that could be used to obscure marks of sanding to remove identification, a hollowed dictionary that could be used to carry books, a master key for a ''barrel'' lock, lock-picking tools, a device to detect theft prevention magnets and a revolver, Mr. Jones said."

Ok ok, when shoepolish, hollow books and revolver are involved, your gonna get caught.

No working in the prison library.

posted by clavdivs at 12:30 PM on August 2 [1 favorite]

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