Tuesday, June 23, 2009

amazon 100 top sellers

Here are the top 100 sellers at amazon

Stare at that list

believe in it

let it break your spirit

3 out of the top 5 are republican nazi books

I've never met a republican that seemed like they ever read a book in their whole life. I don't know who are buying those books. It is disturbing to think that people are publishing books with I assume complete nonsense on every page. But what the fuck, people like nonsense

number 2 is a diet book. Americans are fat and they want to get skinnier even though they took the time to get fat

Number 6 is fiction, it is a story about a woman sending letters to her publisher. I have no fucking clue, of course it takes place around world war 2

NUMBER 9 THE SHACK ""The Shack" is a one of a kind invitation to journey to the very heart of God. Through my tears and cheers, I have been indeed transformed by the tender mercy with which William Paul Young opened the veil that too often separated me from God and from myself. With every page, the complicated do's and don't that distort a relationship into a religion were washed away as I understood Father, Son and Holy Spirit for the first time in my life. --Patrick M. Roddy, ABC News Emmy Award winning producer"

That is total nonsense. So books about republican nonsense, God nonsense, and vampires are what Americans want?

I just stuck my finger in my ass, pulled it out, and smelled it.

18: Olive Kitteridge: "Themes of suicide, depression, bad communication, aging and love, run through these stories, none more vivid or touching than Incoming Tide, where Olive chats with former student Kevin Coulson as they watch waitress Patty Howe by the seashore, all three struggling with their own misgivings about life."

This sounds okay

41 in books: Man Gone Down

has anyone read this, it looks good, somebody tell me the truth on it

618 in books: Those Who Save Us: holocaust novel

58 in books: Sarah's Key: holocaust novel

Fahrenheit 451: why it is there, don't know, pile of shit book.

Neil Gaiman has a book in it, it looks like a kids book. Neil Gaiman has sex with Amanda Palmer which makes him awesome to me.

Glenn Beck appears again at the end: someone wrote in his reviews, "Our democaracy is morally, politically and economically bankrupt." (Did not personally spell democracy wrong, copy and pasted)

What does that even mean?

If any of you say statements like that, or hear people say statements like that, just ask yourself or them, "What does that even mean?"

And you will win the argument.

Don't fight with facts.

Just ask them, "What does that even mean?"

The thing that troubles me about the list is that there is no 'literature', like books for adults, that take place in the present day, like I don't think I even saw a book that took place after 1950. Which makes me wonder about my prospects as a writer and my friends. If no one wants to read about the modern era and especially not about people from the modern era sitting around being depressed.

9 comments:

Ken Baumann said...

'If no one wants to read about the modern era'

David Milch talks about this a lot, that since 9/11 nobody wants to confront any story that is modern, because, essentially, it's too uncomfortable and not 'real' enough after the media's barrage of replaying the planes flying into buildings, the violence. That he feels he has to locate themes he's interested in and set them in the past so that the viewer (the TV viewer) can comfortably allow themselves to become involved in the story.

Brad said...

The Shack is disgustingly popular here in the Bible Belt of Nashville, TN. I hear stay at home mothers who come to the coffee shop after they work out at the Y and then buy a large latte with white mocha syrup, whip cream and caramel drizzle (1075 calories, and they wonder why they are still fat)talk with annoying loud voices, as if what they're saying is so goddamn important that everyone should listen, about how wonderful and spiritual this book is. It's about this guy who finds the bloody clothes of his young daughter, who was brutally murdered, in a shack
then meets jesus, the holy spirit and god in the form of a black lady, some carpenter and some other person and they tell him that his daughter died so others could live. Bull Shit! Bull Shit! Bull shit! I am living in hell in Nashville (which is where I have been told I'm going because I don't go to church) and I don't want to leave my house.

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sarah said...

yet, wouldn't you half like writing a nonsensical book on purpose just so it could become an 'amazon 100 top seller'

Jonny Ross said...

The Shack is pure bullshit. People should read The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker if they want the real straight facts and not more of this pseudo-spiritual crap, person locked away struggling with their faith (God always wins out in those struggles b/c it's better than the alternative and b/c it can't be proved either way), in this case with God appearing as a black woman (nothing wrong with God as a black woman, it's just as inherently ridiculous as God as white-haired bearded old man in rope). Crap like wants on the bestsellers is more reason why most people don't read anything. They don't know what's out there other than what gets pushed by publishers, i.e., what "sells," what people are " in to."

Anonymous said...

How about George Saunders?

Anonymous said...

How about George Saunders?

Anonymous said...

Crappy pointless books being in the top seller list of anything will not change. Great literature isn't always popular.

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