--- 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"
> > > >
> > >
> >
>


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