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Book Burning 3: Derision

Here’s one more burnt book. I love that the word “derision” is almost the only legible word. I love the texture that the wet book took on as it dried. But mostly, I love that it reminds me of a chrysanthemum in full bloom. If, you know, chrysanthemums were made of paper and were charred and wet from a fire and were in black and white.

Lubbock, Texas
photographed 3.38.2021

Caution: school


Another view of the Arney School, which had burnt down just a few weeks before I saw it. Though the school itself had closed decades earlier, the building was in use as a community center.

Which makes me wonder – when a community loses its center, is it still a community?

Castro County, Texas

photographed 1.21.12

January 21

Near the Arney School. The old school was destroyed by fire on January 2, 2012.

FM 168 and FM 1075
Northeast Castro County, Texas

January 22

The Arney School, after the January 2, 2012, fire.

FM 168 and FM 1075
Northeast Castro County, Texas

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