Thursday, January 18, 2007

An Inconvenient Label

By all accounts, Al Gore's film on global warming, An Inconvenient Truth, is one of those rarities, a must-see documentary. After deciding that I must see it but must not buy it, I placed it on hold at the library. Our library system owns 22 copies, but it still took more than a month for my hold to reach the top of the waiting list. Buoyed by my position at #1 on any list, I went to pick up the long-awaited DVD as soon as I got the call.

"This is due in two days," the librarian said as she handed it to me.

Huh? Documentaries are three-week loans, one week if they're new releases.

She saw the look on my face, and since all the librarians know by now how to interpret my dumbfounded expressions, she explained, "It's a two-day loan because it's labeled fiction."

So An Inconvenient Truth is considered fiction.

Poor Al. Poor, poor Al. The guy can't win for losing.

2 comments:

Teresa said...

Hahahahaha. That just tickles me.

Marcia Ford said...

Pretty funny, huh? It is a compelling film, by the way, and one I'm glad I saw. Even if it is "fiction."