Oz library finds Lance Armstrong books a new home: The fiction section
Literary quippery reclassifies disgraced cyclist
An Australian library has announced it will reclassify books by Lance Armstrong as fiction, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Book browsers at Manly Library in Sydney wishing to draw inspiration from Lance Armstrong: World's Greatest Champion and other titles by the disgraced cyclist were pointed in the right direction by a helpful sign, a photo of which appeared online over the weekend and quickly proved a web hit.
Sadly, the whole thing turned out to be "a bit of a joke" by a university student whole works part-time at the library, according to Wendy Ford, who goes under the improbable job title of "community liaison librarian".
She clarified: "This person just works a few hours on the weekend and he didn't have any authority to make a statement on behalf of the library."
The reclassification of Armstrong was a matter for Libraries Australia, Ford added, meaning that for the time being at least, the performance-drug-fuelled pedalist's literary creations will remain in the non-fiction domain.
Judging by the media hysteria surrounding the fallen idol's confessional chat with Oprah Winfrey this month, they'll soon be joined by Lance Armstrong: The Interview Which Shook The World, chronicling just how the planet momentarily stopped spinning on its axis as the cyclist admitted he'd been doped to the eyeballs for years. ®
Re: Can someone please enlighten me
"wasn't almost every other top-flight racer in his time also a drugs cheat?"
Pretty much yes... BUT Armstrong wasn't only competing while drugged to teh eyeballs, he was also (a) making a packet out of inspirational books, talk etc building a whole myth based on his lies. (b) Many competitors were 'encouraged' to do drugs by their teams for teh simple reason that if you didn't take them, you couldn't compete. Armstrong was a mastermind and pioneer of teh drug use. (c) Everyone else was pretty much keeping their head down and staying quiet. Armstrong was using legal threats and bully-boy tactics to silence anyone who even insinuated that he migt not be competing clean.
Armstrong's interview was a sham, he basically said OK i cheated but it was a long time ago, I'm sorry please forgive me. And then no doubt he'll publish a new book about his drug misdeeds so he can cash in on the way down as well as on the way up.
That Lance Armstrong is an exceptional athlete... when I was up to my eyeballs in drugs I couldn't even FIND my bicycle :)
Just how manly is this library?
I mean, does it even have a reference section on naked bear-wrestling techniques?