Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Not News, Take 212 

"Sendup of a high school textbook"
No. 1 for the second week in a row!

From a USA Today article reporting on the removal of Jon Stewart's new book from Wal-Mart shelves "after learning there were naked Supreme Court Justices lurking inside" comes the following:
Wal-Mart can account for as much as 20% of sales of popular books. But [Warner Books publisher Jamie] Raab says that's truer for commercial fiction by well-known novelists such as Nicholas Sparks than for political titles.

Sad that Wal-Mart can account for 20% of the total sale of anything, other than Hanes briefs and White Rain Shampoo.

Also sad that USA Today seems to genuinely believe that "bad things" lurk inside books, as if to prey on the unsuspecting, a terrible conception of literature if ever I heard one.

Sadder, though, that Rabb seems to be in earnest, as if it weren't intuitively obvious that most people don't buy their Howard Zinn at Wal-Mart...and saddest that, for the average USA Today reader, the idea that there are bookstores outside Wal-Mart may in fact be news.

Incidentally, I'm so getting that Stewart book. Anyone read it yet?

posted by boyhowdy | 7:59 PM |

Haven't seen it yet but it looks like I gotta go on da hunt for da thing.

So, Wal-Mart will sell guns, yet it won't sell something with naked people in it.

Yessirree. Naked Justices are more harmful than guns. Make war, not luv.
"there are bookstores outside Wal-Mart". Between Amazon and Walmart? Perhaps for not very much longer...
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