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July 15, 2005

Midnight with the Kiddies...

We'll admit, the Harry Potter books are pretty good reads. And we'll buy the new one when it comes out.  However, we're not among the few crazies who will be hanging around the bookstore until midnight to grab a copy of Half Blood Prince.

What could be more perfect in a book store than a bunch of crazed parents dragging their whiney and sleepy pre-teens around the aisles? Oh, maybe a root canal. And if you're in Barnes & Noble you have to put up with the homesteading herd animals who, after collecting a few books to destroy, gather into a circle of blobs on the floor of  the very aisle you'd like to walk down. Their doughy stares of irritation as you politely kick their brood out of the way is only topped by their indignation as you suggest they might bathe before going out in public.  (We're all about offering good advice as you know.)

Ah, the things we do in the name of literacy.

  Looking for a good book that doesn't involve teenage angst and magic? Check out On Bullshit, by Harry G. Frankfurt.  When was the last time you bought a hardback for about $6 that you could read in one sitting? Hey, did we mention it will make you think a bit?  But don't be scared, that's good for you...

While we're at it; next up on our "reads" list: The Tipping Point and Blink.  Or maybe we'll just reread Squee?


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