--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, "Ann" <awoelflebater@...> wrote: > --- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, "PaliGap" <compost1uk@> wrote: > > -- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, "Ann" <awoelflebater@> wrote: > > > --- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, "PaliGap" <compost1uk@> wrote: > > > > > > > > Browsing in the high-falutin' section of > > > > my local book shop today I came across this: > > > > > > > > "Assholes: A Theory" by philosopher Aaron James > > > > http://www.faculty.uci.edu/profile.cfm?faculty_id=4884 > > > > > > > > Sounds like fun. (But alas it's cheaper online so my > > > > local shop may loose out). > > > > > Don't be a cheap A-hole and buy it from your local book > > > store. I mean, surely you can afford to spend an extra > > > $5-$10 to support the little independent. > > > > Well I'm a poor, poor man Ann, but yes, I know. Guilt felt! > > Except this isn't a little independent, but a national chain > > (http://www.waterstones.com/). They have the blood of little > > independents on their hands! And also, they sell the book > > online themselves cheaper than on the street (but not as > > cheap as Amazon). Perhaps I would do right by buying from > > the latter and giving the difference to my local cat charity, > > or to David Lynch's thing? > > Good compromise (but perhaps a dog or horse charity would be more to my > liking). And yes, if it was just the big Waterstones chain then don't worry > about it. I am more interested in the little ma and pa corner bookstore who > will be going the way of the dodo within the next few years. Being a small > independent tack store I feel their pain! I have a big Canadian tack store > chain/franchise five minutes down the road from my store so I am very > sensitive on this issue. The stated purpose of this said chain is to "drive > the independents out of business". Lovely. As if there isn't enough business > to go around (which there is in Victoria where I live) but the big, mean ugly > owner of the overall franchise just doesn't want to share. Luckily, there are > still informed consumers out there who like the idea of shopping "locally" > and supporting small, customer service based retailers. > > > > The thing is though - I spent a happy hour browsing the > > books, and if I generalised my action ("if I and everyone > > else did this...") then probably I would lose that option. > > > > So you need not appeal to my self-respect so much as to > > my self-interest? > > Ah, the age old story with us pathetic humans. "What's in it for me?" > > > > By comparison Arjuna's dilemma looks like a walk in the > > park. I only went in for a coffee. > > I'd be happy to buy - if we ever meet.
No, please. It's on me. I insist! > > > > (BTW what's the difference between an asshole and an > > > > arsehole? Does one get published, and the other not? Or > > > > are we, as so often, divided by our common language?) > > > > > > > > From a review on Amazon: > > > > > > > > "James classifies a-holes by type, including the boorish > > > > a-hole (Rush Limbaugh, Michael Moore), the smug a-hole > > > > (Richard Dawkins, Larry Summers), the a-hole boss (Naomi > > > > Campbell), the presidential a-hole (Hugo Chavez), the reckless > > > > a-hole (Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld), the self-aggrandizing > > > > a-hole (Ralph Nader), the cable news a-hole (Neil Cavuto, > > > > Keith Olbermann), and the delusional a-hole (Kanye West, > > > > Wall Street bankers). James covers the spectrum from liberals > > > > to conservatives in his search for a-holes and applies his > > > > test with, I think, a nonpartisan outlook." > > > > > > > > Also looking promising and about my tribe: > > > > "How the Hippies Saved Physics: Science, Counterculture, and > > > > the Quantum Revival" > > > > > > > > > >