“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
Son of a bitch!
The local bookstore and only bookstore within an hour’s drive is closing down as in GET THERE SOON and buy some damn books. Fuckers! College towns and as much as it pains me to say this but Ferris State University plus Big Rapids does equal college town, need to have bookstores that sell more than overpriced, non-used, textbooks for wankers. Now this town has no bookstore or soon will have no bookstore and that makes me sad and mad.
Sad because where will I go to purchase books? Yes I know about Amazon, I’m not a luddite (look it up). And as much as I enjoy using Amazon to purchase everything from sex toys to sex books…I meant A to Z of sex…shit…anyways, as much as I enjoy using Amazon there is NOTHING like a real bookstore. The smell of books, the store employees who actually know where to find the books you like and based on the books you purchased have suggestions for you. Again, yes I know Amazon makes suggestions, but are they really suggestions for you or are they suggestions for Amazon? Think about that.
Mad because I am mad most of the time…nope, I will roll with that. Plus books and reading are important for everyone. Try to imagine how different our country would be if people read books or anything not related to what celebrity took what shit where. It would be most excellent to me to see celebrities promoting the books that they are reading (unless a book about themselves, celebrity cookbooks*, celebrity diets, and anything Fifty Shades of Bad Writing). I would enjoy a tweet of George Clooney’s that said in part, “Just finished The Quiet American by Graham Greene, everyone should read.”
Put down whatever shitte magazine or app you have open, unless it is for this blog (self-promotion machine), and ponder the following…
…if the majority of Americans regardless of age, ethnicity, and economic background read a book of substance** once a month how different would the United States would be…(minimum 300 word answer)
Alas! Bookstores are not as important as autopart stores and dental places; in Big Rapids there are at a minimum 6 auto-part stores and 10 dentists for a population of roughly 10,ooo. Hell, every town larger than a thorpe (look it up) should have a bookstore. A bookstore with real books that you hold onto and read. No downloadable books,, those are crap and I don’t care if it is the same damn book as a real book, downloadable books are shitte and are not worth the bytes they are “printed” on!
I could go on about how books and bookstores are important…why bother? This is the fourth bookstore in the area that has closed in the last two years. It would be nice if instead of focusing on the bullshit our government would mandate reading for everyone. Free your mind and your ass will follow…oh well, easier to focus on the bullshit. With books and reading on the downslide I shouldn’t be surprised by what I see each time I step out of my cave. With reading goes society…
“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”
* Never buy a celebrity cookbook.
** A book of substance could be anything, that is the great thing about reading, almost everything you read does something for you…notice the almost