- We really don't need another holiday now; less than two months after Turkey Day, and only three weeks after two holidays themselves only a week apart (one secular, one formerly religious and now thoroughly commercial). Further, having the holiday in January really does not celebrate Dr King. I suggest moving it into the "holiday doldrums": 04 April. Perhaps putting the holiday on the day that the segregationists managed to silence him might do a better job. <vbeg>
Of course, I might just be grousing because it means the Voracious Teen is home today, and tomorrow (due to Teacher Inservice for the new semester). And that means I have to feed him.
- Then there's this surreal Times article on musicians abandoning EMI. Leaving aside the characterization of the Rolling Stones' decision as "abandonment," one must ask whether this exposes the mercantilist/advantagist translation barrier in the arts. (Of which more at excrutiating, and academic, length in a couple of months.)
- As usual, the French idea of "free trade" somehow involves Hawleyesque tactics. In the dubious name of "competition" actually, this is supposed to protect the variety of bookstores in France, and it has done nothing of the sort France is now fining Amazon for "free shipping". As if the cost of shipping isn't somehow recovered in the price of the goods, particularly for a public company.
- It's coming up on Hollyweed's award season. Meaning, of course, that there will be a manufactured Oscar controversy, however irrelevant. This year, it's an extension of the problems with foreign-language Oscars (wait a minute, last year's winner wasn't in a foreign language!). Ironically, that article in WaPo has things exactly backwards: The best place for juries is the nomination process, not the final selection. On the other hand, the 2008 Razzies promise to have much closer races.
- What is it about category romance that leads to plagiarism scandals? Several years ago, we had the catfight between Nora Roberts and Janet Dailey. Now there's Cassie Edwards, and a rather delicious response from a victim. The irony that too much in category romance too often cannot qualify as "original" ab initio in the ordinary sense of the word and that too many of the readers want, to quote one buyer who wishes to remain anonymous, "the same book again but newer" seems to have escaped people. (Note: I'm picking on romance this time because it's an easy target. Don't get me started on so-called "legal thrillers," or any other category ghetto.)
21 January 2008
Monday Miscellany (Mistimed Holiday Edition)
at 09:54 [UTC8]
For better, or mostly for worse: