Today was a great day. The new Barnes & Noble opened 1.5 miles from my house. A nice sized store with a roomy Starbucks inside. What a difference a bookstore makes to the neighborhood!
I bought the latest HBR, Psychology Today, and a little book called, On Bullshit. It is a teeny tiny book with perhaps the best title I have seen all year. And by best, I mean that it grabs your attention and you can’t NOT look inside the book. I will tell you more about it once I read it, but here is how it starts:
"One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit. Everyone knows this. Each of us contributes his share. But we tend to take the situation for granted."
Most salient? Wow. An intellectual inquiry about bullshit. Cool. This is one of those moments when I say to myself, "why didn’t I think of that?"
I might like to write about one narrow topic in a way that did not put readers to sleep faster than the winter sun sets in Seattle.
If you were going to dedicate X number of months/years to one single topic, what would you select?
Did you know that people who write about cats have their own writer’s conference? There are that many cat writers……. This year’s conference is being held in Foster City, CA from Nov. 18-20 in case you are interested. What do they talk about for three days? Developing characters? Creating dialogue?
All the 2006 calendars were out too. Now here is one of those
misconceptions spurred by bookstores. Bookstores would like you to
think calendars make great gifts. They even have special holiday
envelopes to put them in now so you don’t have to wrap them. But
calendars are terrible gifts because we are all so particular about our
calendars. Don’t you think? And we are more likely to buy people calendars WE like than something THEY want.
Which is more embarrassing – being caught looking at the new issue of Urban Dog,
or peeking at the smutty stuff? You can guess which one caught my eye.
Hey, but they have a quiz that will tell you the type of breed you are.
I bet I am a Siberian Husky – the rare line of the breed that prefers
to live in the high dessert.
As I was in line to pay for my stuff, I noticed a book with the title,Why do men have nipples? That’s a great question and a great title too.
Business books rarely have extraordinary titles, have you noticed? I can’t even think of one.
Since this was their first day, the entire crew was pretty dumbstruck and clueless. But they were very nice. They did not get me to the book I was looking for, but I found On Bullshit instead, so it all worked out.