may it be blissful, free and easy.
and then there’s this:
god: I own you like I own the caves.
the ocean: Not a chance. No comparison.
god: I made you. I could tame you.
the ocean: At one time, maybe. But not now.
god: I will come to you, freeze you, break you.
the ocean: I will spread myself like wings. I am a billion tiny feathers. You have no idea what’s happened to me.
– dave eggers
You Don’t Have to Be Pretty.
You don’t owe prettiness to anyone. Not to your boyfriend/spouse/partner, not to your co-workers, especially not to random men on the street. You don’t owe it to your mother, you don’t owe it to your children, you don’t owe it to civilization in general. Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying a space marked ‘female’.”
“While wandering a deserted beach at dawn, stagnant in my work, I saw a man in the distance bending and throwing as he walked the endless stretch toward me. As he came near, I could see that he was throwing starfish, abandoned on the sand by the tide, back into the sea. When he was close enough I asked him why he was working so hard at this strange task. He said that the sun would dry the starfish and they would die. I said to him that I thought he was foolish. there were thousands of starfish on miles and miles of beach. One man alone could never make a difference. He smiled as he picked up the next starfish. Hurling it far into the sea he said, “It makes a difference for this one.” I abandoned my writing and spent the morning throwing starfish.”
― Loren Eiseley
I’ve heard a LOT of talk lately about the death of bookstores and why it’s happening. most people blame ebooks, but I think it’s more than that. or less, depending on how you look at it.
here’s what I think the reason is, and you are more than welcome to disagree with me, but in a nutshell: hardly anyone wants to pay for their entertainment anymore. they pirate music, movies and books. they want what they want, they want it NOW, they want it to be stellar and most of all, they want it to be FREE. as someone who has ebooks that are priced at only 99 cents and people STILL steal them, I can see that they don’t want to actually get up, leave their houses and then PAY for the art they consume. (where the joy in browsing stores went, I don’t know. maybe it’s a generational thing.)
piracy is a cancer and it’s killing artists. e-readers can-and are-being used as weapons against us. (but in case you’re wondering, I am most definitely NOT in the anti-e-reader camp. I own one and I love it and I’ve never pirated anything in my life.) I don’t have any answers, unfortunately. this is totally off the cuff and I just wanted to jot down my thoughts before they floated away.
so, take this or leave it. it’s all good. 🙂
hope you have an amazing weekend!
“America… just a nation of two hundred million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable.” ~ Hunter S. Thompson
not particularly surprising, but I have quite clearly failed at my NY resolution of blogging here three times a week. bummer. but this particular blog counts, right? even though I’m just blogging about not blogging.
as always, I wish I could talk about certain things going on behind the scenes, but I can’t. yet. I will as soon as I am able and I think my readers will be pretty excited by the news. it IS exciting, if it all works out. (the likelihood of it actually working out is pretty slim, which will make it that much more exciting if it does. keep your fingers crossed!)
Also, don’t forget to head over to Belfire Press to pre-order Rumors of My Death, my wackiest book to date. And follow them on twitter to check out this cool thing they’re doing today-tweeting a preview of the book.
guess that’s it for today. hope you have a great weekend!