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The Terrible Truth: It’s Not All Going To End

The reason apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction is so popular? The dominant paradigm ending and our current systems failing is a far more pleasant thought to entertain for most people than the more horrible likelihood that it will all just keep going; that we in the present are ultimately, truly responsible for a future that absolutely will happen. The future will be better or worse because of what we did or didn’t do – and there will be a future. Human society will keep ramblin’ on.

Spinning off of where Laurie Penny leaves this article about the Sci-Fi of William Gibson.


Boycott Amazon and More Interesting Than The Olympics: Link Aggregation

Google “Free Pussy Riot” and “Mars Curiosity Rover” for things happening in the world that are more interesting than the Olympics.

I filled my amazon cart with books of political and culture writing from Laurie Penny and Nick Cohen, then kept the tab open and found the books for cheaper from actual brick and mortar bookstores on abebooks.com. I kinda get off on books coming to me from California, Texas, and the UK. Indiebound is good too, although their UI for buying things is fucking awful. I then emptied my Amazon cart, because Amazon is terrible for everyone.

I’ve been telling people to stop using Amazon for a while now, but I don’t feel like I’ve done a great job of explaining why. I could do a lot of research, reflection, and interviews, but someone’s already done all that, so here:

The “Against Amazon” tumblr/link aggregator.

Best Summary: radical bookstore Housmans’ hits the most points in the smallest space.

The Nation article on why Amazon is bad for publishing.

From here, these links get hella nerdy. Here’s two for publishing industry nerds, or those who would like to be:

Interview with Author Scott Turow on Why Amazon is Bad for Books (on the Chicago Labor and Arts Festival Blog)

This publisher may put out insuferably new-agey-hippy books, but she does a great job of explaining how Amazon is bad for readers, bookshops, and how they are outright stealing money from publishers.

Here are two decent explanations of how Amazon Studios is terrible for writers and filmmakers:

Hitfix.com lays out how terrible it is for writers.

The Artful Writer blog lays it out too.

I’m interested in what people think. Comment!