NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette (amazon) (gif or ebook or “real” paper thingbook)

It’s not a problem in Brooklyn much, but in Manhattan, I am constantly channeling Andre the Giant in The Princess Bride: EVERYBODY MOVE!

Even in an era of Kardashians, actually making things matters. “Tangible achievements,” Hidalgo says, “whether these are songs, books, works of art or scientific discoveries, are better tickets to long-term immortality than the accumulation of material wealth.”

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/03/16/magazine/whos-more-famous-than-jesus.html

Next up.


Read this New Yorker article on the death of dedicated cameras by Tokyo-New York design guy Craig Mod last week, and found it insightful enough to buy “his” book…

…but when it arrived I discovered he only did the design, not any writing, d’oh.

Haven’t been motivated to read past the first awful page written by a woman who got groped on the train. She writes like she’s on Livejournal in 2001, and if that’s the “essay” they opened the book with, I can’t imagine how much more downhill it can get.

Such a ringing endorsement deserves it’s own Amazon link!

Buy Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned at Amazon

It’s a collection of short stories, you’ll actually be able to finish ‘em, unlike most books you buy and get ten pages into before the internet distracts you!

The Faithful Executioner, Joel F. Harrington, 2013.

In case you were thinking that ~you~ were having a bad day. (Non-fiction, this.)

Lust Never Sleeps
An academic’s sexual memoir puts the ire in desire
CRISTINA NEHRING

Once in a while a book appears that’s so bad you want it to be a satire. If you set out to produce a parody of postfeminist mumbo jumbo, adolescent narcissism, excruciating erotic overshares, pseudopoetry, pretentious academic jargon, and shopworn and unshocking “dirty talk,” you could not do better than Unmastered: A Book on Desire, Most Difficult to Tell.

http://www.bookforum.com/inprint/020_02/11683

Is it possible that Japanese and English are so far apart that translators are creating entirely new works?