In this age of iPhones and video games our attention spans are quickly approaching the level of ADHD hummingbirds, so how can we get people to read more? By hanging nude pics in our bookstores of course, as a popular Fuzhou Road book mall demonstrates:
The show at the Popular Bookmall Fuzhou Road branch features 10 pictures of naked young women reading or browsing shelves in bookstores, with strategically placed books to spare any blushes.
This show of bookish nudity is intended to spread the idea that “intellectual elements, instead of material, are the essence of life,” claim management.
“It’s a kind of innovation, as we want to bring something fun and new into traditional bookstores,” said Dong Chenxu, assistant manager of Popular Bookmall.
The collection of mostly modest-sized prints opened yesterday and takes up half of a wall at the store.
“We expected it to be contentious and have been conservative in choosing the pictures,” said Dong.
“To us, this is just a new way to send a message to book lovers, and we’re happy to explain it to the public.”
Dong said the pictures aim to convey the idea that a material lifestyle is like clothes — both can be taken off and discarded.
And without material distractions, people can still enjoy the pleasures of an intellectual life — such as reading.
We totally agree, without distractions like nude pics in book stores, we can definitely focus more on reading.
Also, they can try and make it sound as intellectual as they like, it’s basically offering soft porn to get people to hit up their book store. Though considering the fact they have to compete with the internet, we don’t really blame them.
And lord knows, unless it’s a romance novel or Playboy, it’s difficult to make reading sexy. “Ooooh yeah, work those semicolons, ‘I’ before ‘E’ except after ‘C’ baby yeaaah!