Re: [BookCrossing] Re: Bookcrossing opinion piece
- From: jesse75101
By releasing a bunch of Grisham novels, is it doing the world any favors in terms of getting people to read more intelligent literature? Is the point just to get someone to pick up and journal the book? Or is the point to get more people reading and talking about things that make them think?
I went and read the article too. I just skimmed it because frankly, the writing didn't grab me, so I won't comment on the article itself. I will say this though, I don't release to do the world a favor. I release to do someone a favor. I release books because I want someone to find them and read them. I don't care if it is the worst crap I've read (though honestly I don't release books I think are crap -- I'll donate those) or a literary classic. I'm not releasing a book to set the world on fire.
My hope is that somebody finds my book and it gets them reading, or reading more, or again. That they find the book and rediscover a world they forgot. Sure, having someone find a book that changes their life and having it come from me would be super cool. I picked up a few copies of Wally Lamb's She's Come Undone at the Saint Louis Book Fair this weekend for just that reason. But I don't think every book is going to do that. Nor is every book capable of doing that. I just want my books to find a nice home and maybe, if they're lucky and so am I, to help someone pick up another book once that one is finished.
The karma of literature: http://www.bookcrossing.com/friend/soraidh
My Nanny always used to say, "If you put your problems into a basket with everyone else's, you'd take yours back out again."
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- I've found this whole thread very interesting, so even though I
normally lurk, I thought I'd pop in with my - or rather my
husband's - story: As most folks do, he has a running list of
expressions he uses that his father and others he grew up with used
all of their lives, with no context. For example, a rainy, windy,
gray, cold, all around nasty day was called "a good day for a
We always thought atmosphere, hangings are unpleasant, nasty
weather - that sort of thing.
One day, on such a cold and rainy, ugly day, he walked into work,
soaking wet, raincoat dripping, and said "Whew! Good day for a
Apparently one of his black coworkers was utterly horrified, went at
once and reported what Husband had said to the supervisor, who
proceeded to call my utterly perplexed husband to his office to tell
him in no uncertain terms that he shouldn't use racist slurs.
Huh? WHAT racist slurs? After he realized that DH had absolutely no
idea what he was talking about, the boss went on to explain to my
(PhD chemist, hyper intelligent) husband about the history of
lynchings and the connotation to black people. He KNEW all of that,
his hanging expression just had nothing to do with it.
We still shake our heads at that one, because he never had any idea
of insulting anyone.
Sometimes, it's all in how you take it...
--- In BookCrossing@yahoogroups.com, "ecrust2001" <erust@c...> wrote:
> FWIW, when I first heard the Keith/Nelson duet "Beer for My
> I found that rather nostalgic verse about lynch mobs quite
> enough without considering its potentially racist implications. [I
> don't know what percentage of Old West lynching victims were non-
> white, but I do know that horse thieves would be lynched
> of race, color, or creed - not that being an equal-opportunity
> mob is an improvement.]