Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Is Amazon a River in Hell?


It was pure free-market romanticism that led me several years ago to purchase a Nook reader instead of the more popular Kindle. Amazon seemed on the verge or running every other bookseller out of business, and a Nook purchase from Barnes and Noble felt like a vote against evil monopoly.

With more maturity and a cooler head, I have sold my soul to Satan and acquired a Kindle Fire. C'est le guerre.

With the Fire came the opportunity to create a Goodreads account that I'll contribute to now and then with star ratings and very brief comments. Some of the books that I'll rate in the coming months are: Philip K. Dick's Valis Trilogy as well as The Man in the High Castle, Bugliosi's Helter Skelter, Tarzan of the Apes, This Dark Earth, Los Bros. Hernandez's relaunch of the Love and Rockets series and Eco's The Prague Cemetery, to name a few. There will also be the occasional rating of some Buddhist books.

Speaking of rivers in hell, the erasure of Inferno really will continue. Really. Because results have been so thoroughly stygian so far, the plan is to finish the series and then use the results as the basis for a totally new revision unleashed from Longfellow's text. The resulting highly synthetic poem will eventually appear on a separate page here. Of course in the real world there's jumping the shark, and then there's actually gritting your teeth and jumping it.



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