California: 10,000 Books, At 5 cents a Day

10,000 Books, At 5 cents a Day

Who hasn't forgotten to return an occasional book to the library? But Gustav Hasford may have overdone it. Hasford is an Academy Award nominee for his work in adapting his 1979 Viet Nam War novel, The Short-Timers, into Stanley Kubrick's film Full Metal Jacket. He was wanted last week by campus police at the California Polytechnic State University, who had discovered nearly 10,000 library books, including seven overdue from Cal Poly, in storage lockers Hasford rented in San Luis Obispo. The books came from libraries as far afield as Australia.

Hasford had been listed as AWB (absent with books) after checking...

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