Isegoria: I’m glad you liked it, Borepatch, and I enjoyed your thoughts on it, too: I grew up comfortably in this “Intellectual Class” but Dad remembered the hard days of the Depression and his Grandfather’s hardscrabble farm. The angriest I remember him getting at me was when I casually tossed out some sneering reference to the problems of the Working Man. He had no patience for that sort of thing, and so I had a correction to the Class Condescension problem at quite an early...
Ken: “The very best locations in the store are actually sold to publishers. This includes the so-called best-seller list, whose rankings are determined not by the popularity of a given book but by how much a publisher is willing to invest to promote it. (A similar policy of “bookstore baksheesh,” as one editor dubbed it, seems to exist at B&N.)” The term is “slotting fees,” and they’re common in grocery stores as well.
Grasspunk: This seems a corollary of Hanson’s law by, oh, the same guy. I learned about that here too. Really useful for understanding customer behavior.
Alrenous: >economically desperate >can afford heroin “Huh, I can’t get a job at the factory anymore. I guess I better do drugs instead!” I’m not saying these people weren’t screwed over, but they were enthusiastic partners in the being-screwed over business.
Slovenian Guest: Never mind that Melania and Donald look like they jumped straight out of a Frank Frazetta painting. In comparison Liary in her colored jump suits looks like space Kim Jong-un! I bet she can’t wait to go look at things once in office…
Slovenian Guest: Lucklucky: Yes, sorry, I meant Anna Karenina, which is read by Maggie Gyllenhaal. The point still stands. Hear for yourself.
Faze: Tull, by the way, is a man’s man of a reader. You’ll wish you’d known him.
Faze: Patrick Tull reading Patrick O’Brian’s sea novels or “Pickwick Papers” will change your life — actually kind of saved mine at a low point.
Lucklucky: Slovenian Guest, from the link it seems War and Peace is read by a man. I understand audiobooks for those that drive much or are stuck in transit but otherwise give me a paper book.