From a reader blog at the Seattle Post-Intellgencer:
Raul Lemesoff, an Argentine art-car artist, has taken a 1979 Ford Falcon that used to belong to the Argentine armed forces and turned into a Weapon of Mass Instruction.
Armed with 900 or so books Lemesoff travels the streets of Buenos Aires and beyond offering free books to all.
He sees his Weapon of Mass Instruction as a contribution to peace through literature.
Given the historical centrality of controlling, restricting, and shaping information to the waging of war, this has an appealing and subversive symmetry. Especially in Argentina, where the legacy of the disappearancesstate-ordered kidnapping and murder of over 10,000 citizens, covered up for decadesstill haunts public culture there, this reappropriation of the tools of violence and repression seems like it would be particularly powerful.
Plus, look at the thing!