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    Thursday, July 22, 2004

    books: my luxury, my vice


    I went to Border's today (in the 3 dimensional store) and looked around for a few hours. I just can't get enough. The people watching, the book perusing, its just grand. And I had time to waste so I did more of the idle looking around than normal. Here are some thoughts...

    You hear a lot about liberal media bias these days, and I'm here to tell you it extends to the bookstore. The new political books shelf up front was coated in infectious hate for Bush, a bunch of election year polemics whose covers made my stomach turn. If I had to choose one liberal to punch square in the face I would be hard pressed to choose but it is likely I saw the eventual target face on a book cover today. But I digress. I also noted that Borders stocks just about the complete catalog of Noam Chomsky (far on the left) and exactly one copy of one *fiction* book by William F. Buckley, Jr (his non-fiction is probably to the right of you, dear reader. and he is likely more prolific than even the verbose Chomsky) to be found. He even has a new book out, and unless it was sold out I didn't see it. harumph.

    I did see one Young Punk flipping through a copy of Michael Moore is a Big Fat Stupid White Man while his Toady Friend mashed on the "title sleuth" computer catalog keyboard, looking for something subversive but still fun no doubt. So that was encouraging, considering the bunch of books he plucked it from. I suppose it *was* the nonconformist choice in the bunch.

    I almost bought Eats, Shoots, and Leaves as well but I have to save that for another day. I love the title and it features one of the things that grates on me even worse than the content of Reader's Digest: Punctuation. Any self-respecting chatter has dealt with the people who use 'there' for 'they're' and probably agrees with me that those people ought to be shot. The slack punctuators, not the english nazis.

    So, I finally ended up with just one book. I went with Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk. You've read this, haven't you Kim? I will be giving my thoughts on it in future posts I am certain. I am looking forward to another original take on people and their complete lack of dignity in the face of life's most gruesome ironies and cruel twists.

    I will now go back and interact with the world, so that I may bring you digital hermits more news from above ground. See you soon.
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    posted by M@ at 7:48 PM   3 comments links to this post

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    At 9:02 PM, Blogger kimberley said...

    actually, 'survivor' is one i haven't read yet. it's one on my wishlist at powells. i'll get to it. let me know how you like it.

     
    At 9:34 PM, Blogger M@ said...

    I will keep you posted as I delve in to it. Maybe when I'm done I will send it out to you. But only if you promise to put it in a plastic bag for the bathtub :P

     
    At 6:58 PM, Blogger kimberley said...

    ha! drop one book in the tub and you're marked for life. i've learned my lesson, trust me. i still read while bathing, i'm just more careful. books don't grow on trees. well--they sort of do. but that's another story. anyway, i'll be careful. i promise!

     

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