2003 steal this book.jpg The lead paragraph from the Times says it best: "Two 17-year-old boys, apparently following instructions penned by Abbie Hoffman, caused a flash fire in a Brooklyn apartment yesterday afternoon while trying to make a smoke bomb on the stove." This was apparently on First Street, near Seventh Avenue, as the Park Slope St. Patrick's Day Parade marched by, so there were tons of police on the scene immediately. These kids also attend Bronx Science and La Guardia High Schools, so they are truly dummies of a rarefied kind. The book they were following was Steal This Book, of course.