Monday, September 27, 2010

Back to Work

I did work last Thursday and Friday, after our little jaunt to Portland, but today marked the beginning of my first full week back at the bookstore. And I left at lunchtime on Friday, because my son had been quite sick with some type of stomach virus. Priorities. I'm back to sticking books in my cabinet, so that I can consider buying them this week. I can't even remember what books I set aside, beside one I found for my Significant Other. She recently read This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper, and a used copy of an earlier book of his came in today.

I'm about a hundred pages into Will Bunch's book Backlash. The subtitle is: Right-Wing Radicals, High-Def Hucksters, and Paranoid Politics in the Age of Obama. Will Bunch, who also wrote Tear Down This Myth about the sainthood of Ronald Reagan by the misty-eyed right, gives a fair account of the craziness that has been popping up since the election of Barack Obama. I wasn't sure if I was ready to read a 350 page book on the Tea Partiers (I still prefer "Tea Baggers"), Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, "Birthers", and the rest of the lunacy that arose after the election of our first African-American.

Gosh, I wish Barack Obama really was instilling an era of socialism in America. I'd even settle for the namby pamby version, which is Democratic socialism. We are no where near either of those ideal options. Instead, Obama has tried to plow the middle ground, and still enact some reforms that would force the all-powerful corporations to pay heed to the law of the land. I'm one of those old-time Naderites, who firmly believe that the corporations run this country, and that they are in the process of running it into the ground. Witness the recent oil spill of biblical proportions in the Texas gulf (if God did things like oil spills.) Witness the morphing of real news journalism into some form of entertainment, which is a steady stream of salacious and bloody fictions, with a few facts thrown in to give it authenticity. It is the news after all.

So I'm enjoying Backlash, and reading some political nonfiction for a change. I have enjoyed the recent spate of novels that I have read over the summer months, but I may actually end up reading another political book next. I found out today that Markos Moulitsas, founder of the Daily KOs, will be in our store next Monday to promote his book, American Taliban. I'm excited about his appearance, and I may just try and at least start his book before his appearance. His blog was one of the half dozen or so that kept me sane during the 2008 election.

Other than my reading, there is not much new to report. My son is feeling much better after his bout with a virus last week. I'm already looking forward to some time off this weekend, and I still have four-fifths of the week left to go. I was browsing through some of the new DVD releases that are coming out in the next few weeks. For example: Criterion releases of Terrence Malick's "The Thin Red Line," Kubrick's "Paths of Glory" and the 1977 Japanese cult classic "House." Lots of good things to look forward to, including a trip to the annual FFRF convention in Madison at the end of October.

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