Aug 3, 2011
commented on Books Without Borders
What a well written, true and heartbreaking read.
I'm lucky to work at a small independent bookshop now - the 5 years I spent in the Border's book mines helped me secure the job after an ill-advised stint trying to work a desk job at a small publisher didn't work out so well.
I got out not long after the Borders Rewards cards came about - when they started lording the quotas over us, I knew it was time to get out. Borders was no longer selling books - we were marketing a lifestyle. I was not going to play a part in that.
It makes me so sad. The mismanagement, the fact that quite a few people I know will now be among the (many more people I know) without jobs.
I'm so lucky to still be working in a bookshop. The pay may not be the best, but damn I love my job.
Apr 20, 2010
commented on Alex Chilton Didn't Have Health Care
@16 - I make 16,000 a year. I have employer offered insurance that costs me TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS A MONTH. I can barely afford it, but with my health history and my family's history I just suck it up and deal and am glad it's even offered.
So fuck you. Joking or not, these are people's lives and livelihoods you're 'joking about'. It's not funny.
You try to live just above the poverty line and afford insurance.
Aug 28, 2009
commented on Unreal
They've done that here in Chicago - any bike lane where there is a high chance of collision was painted green. There were a lot of studies. I'd cite them, but I'm sure you know how to Google, too.
Jul 10, 2009
commented on Today in Bad Ideas for Author Bios
@9 Paul Constant: actually he doesn't wear the costume all the time. I laughed when you posted that, because I knew of author 1 from reading Danny Choo's blog (http://dannychoo.com
) about Japan and Japanese culture, and he's been pictured on there a number of times, not in costume.
So, my two cents.
Jun 30, 2009
commented on Your Daily Quiz
Joey Ramone. David Foster Wallace.
My mom found me sitting in front of the computer, sobbing, the Easter Sunday that Joey Ramone died. A huge part of my childhood gone. I'd been a fan since I was 8 years old and saw Rock N Roll High School on cable in 1980.
David Foster Wallace because I was so sad that his depression proved untreatable, and that he lived with so much pain. I was sad for him, and for his family. We lost a lot with his death.
Jun 22, 2009
commented on Not Helping
I love how will in seattle has become the new troll. He is the new douchewaffle around here. I wonder what he does when he isn't pissing people off.
Jun 2, 2009
commented on Not a Jest
I'm in. There are a group of us (ie - people I actually know in real life) doing it, and I think peer pressure will get me through it this time.
I feel like a shitty bookseller for never having finished reading it.